We have launched our Big Give Christmas challenge to help fund the cost of caring for families facing life-limiting illness over the festive season. All donations made via the Big Give website will be doubled from Tuesday November 30 until midday on Tuesday December 7, for as long as match funding remains available. You can donate by clicking here.
Our Director of Fundraising, Tracey Hancock, explains: “Thanks to generous supporters, including The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, we have more than £30,000 pledged for our match-funding pot this year. With your help, we’re hoping to raise £30,870 from donations during the seven-day window, which would then be doubled to £61,740 through the Big Give initiative.”
We have been taking part in the Big Give since 2016 and this is our highest target ever. £61,740 would fund 10 days of out-of-hours patient care between Christmas Eve and January 2, helping to keep hundreds of families safe at home, together, making memories when every moment matters.
Judith Moore, Head of Nursing and Patient Services Herts, says: “More families than ever asked us for help during the pandemic, and with hospitals still stretched and restricting visits due to COVID-19, demand for our nursing service will be higher than ever this Christmas.”
Called ‘Make a difference every hour of every day’, our Big Give campaign for Christmas 2021 emphasises how our hospice at home nurses visit patients and their families at any time of the day or night, providing essential nursing care and specialist support so patients can remain at home rather than being admitted to hospital.
“Having this support and reassurance is more important at bank holidays and weekends and especially over the festive period when so many other services are limited or simply not available,” adds Judith. “Families tell us how much they value being able to contact us at any time, day or night, evenings and weekends. Imagine how that feeling must be magnified over the festive period when they might have no-one else to turn to?”
Local company Take One TV kindly offered its services, pro bono, and created a short video to support our promotion of the Big Give campaign across our social media channels.
Robert Kayum, from Tring, talks about the difference it made to him and his sister, Ursula, to have the support of the Rennie Grove nurses when her breast cancer became terminal last year. Watch the full video on the Big Give page here.
Robert says during the last months of his sister’s life, hardly a day went by when he didn’t see or talk to the hospice at home nurses, and having that level of specialist support “was everything” to him and his family. It meant they could be “present every second” and his sister could be safe and comfortable at home, surrounded by love, kindness and warmth until the end. He describes how he and Ursula spent quality time together during her final days, talking, watching TV, eating ice cream, sometimes just holding hands – like the “two best friends” they were.
Visit the Big Give website between 12 noon on November 30 and 12 noon on December 7 to double your donation and hear Robert’s story in full.
Your kind contribution will go twice as far at no extra cost to you, helping more families spend precious time together this Christmas.