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Donation in Isolation: Saint Francis Hospice Story

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Last summer, Saint Francis Hospice celebrated its 35th birthday. It is with thanks to the incredible love, kindness and creative thinking of supporters that the Hospice reached its ‘coral’ anniversary.

The Hospice’s supporters’ events can often involve large gatherings and contact with lots of people. Self-isolation has left many wondering how they can continue to raise money for the charity.

Saint Francis Hospice is continuing to care for for people in increasingly restricted conditions. They now need you more than ever before. The Hospice needs your help to secure the next 35 years of outstanding care.

Here are the Hospice’s top five fundraising ideas that you can do while self-isolating, and to stop you going down with cabin fever: 

Keep on running 

If you’re under 70 with no underlying health conditions, you can still ask people to sponsor you in a virtual marathon for Saint Francis Hospice. 

The Government is allowing one form of outdoor exercise a day, which can be done alone or with household members. The guidelines are to stay at least two metres (three paces) away from others. 

As a virtual runner, there’s no pressure to enter a big marathon with crowds. You can complete the run in how many stages you wish, or even on your treadmill at home!

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Guys: Who has sported the most epic ‘tache? Tom Selleck? Hulk Hogan? Freddie Mercury? Why not give them a run for their money by growing some sponsored face fur? You could always vow not to shave it off until there are no reported cases of the coronavirus in the UK.

Ladies: Chopping off your long locks can be a double-header of help for people who really need it. As well as being sponsored for Saint Francis Hospice, you can donate your leftovers to the Little Princess Trust once salons reopen. The charity provides free real-hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment. 

Indulge in an annual tradition that dates back to 3,000 BC: Spring cleaning

After a very wet British winter, bluer skies are ahead. The Hospice estimates that a whopping 330,000 tonnes of unwanted items end up in landfills each year rather than its charity retail stores. Please don’t throw it; the Hospice wants it, no matter how small. 

One of the Hospice’s volunteers, Doreen Russell, makes aprons, peg bags, jewellery, baby blankets and soft toys, all from odds and ends, sometimes broken. She needs your beads, buttons, gems, curtains, cloths, broken jewellery, and torn clothes. 

If you’d like to donate your old rags and bits and bobs to Doreen, then please bag them up for up her attention at the Hospice’s Harold Hill store. Saint Francis Hospice is confident that its very own rag and bone lady will make something special out of them.

The Hospice’s stores are temporarily closed, but please hold on to your donations until it’s safe for them to reopen.

All Saint Francis Hospice wants for Christmas is your homemade crafts and knitted goods

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. At Saint Francis Hospice, the team is already thinking about how we can make Christmas 2020 the best yet for our patients and their families. The Hospice needs your homemade crafts and knitted goods for this year’s Christmas Market. All proceeds from the magic you create will go towards helping people living with life-limiting illnesses and providing therapy for bereaved families.

Happy birthday to you

If your birthday falls during self-isolation, then we’re sorry. But fear not: why not ask your friends and family to donate the money they would have spent on your birthday celebrations to Saint Francis Hospice instead? You’ll be doing something incredible for people who need it the most.

You could also:

  • Leave a donation
  • Sponsor a nurse
  • Give a gift in your will
  • Sign up for our lottery and be in with the chance of winning £25,000 in our weekly draw

Saint Francis Hospice has promised that together, we will pull through this and appreciate even more the little things that make the Hospice so special. They are here to support you all the way while you fundraise in self-isolation. If there’s anything you need, then please give them a shout at fundraising@sfh.org.uk

Thank you for everything you do for the Hospice, and good luck!

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