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Project information

Christmas at St Francis

We want to raise £80,000 to pay for the running costs of the Hospice over the Christmas and New Year period

December 2011 - January 2012

Charity information: The Hospice of St Francis

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  • Need


    Christmas can be a hard time for families caring for a loved one who has a terminal illness. For many of the families we care for, this Christmas may be their last together.


    We try to make sure as many of our patients are able to spend Christmas at home, often under the care of one of our Homecare nurses. For those patients who are too ill be at home, we make sure we do everything we can to make Christmas at the Hospice a special time. There is a tree, carols, Christmas dinner for the whole family, stockings for children and more. Our team are here whatever the weather to look after our patients and make this the best Christmas possible under difficult circumstances

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a memorable and stress-free Christmas for all patients and families under our care


    » Through our Inpatient Unit, Day Therapy Centre and our Homecare service we will make sure every family we look after has the best Christmas possible.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the whole family enjoying Christmas and New Year in the most stress-free and peaceful way possible

  • Impact


    The long term impact of our project will be the memories of Christmas we are able to provide for the whole family at what is a very difficult time.


    The main risks to a successful Christmas at St Francis is the weather! In the previous two winters, we have almost been cut off by bad weather and snow, yet our nurses have always been able to get to the Hospice and will stay overnight if travel conditions are too dangerous. Our chef and his team also stay on site to make sure hot food is available to all patients and families


    We will report back to donors who contribute to our appeal via the Big Give, with appropriate case studies and quotes from patients and families. We will also feature our care over Christmas in our Newsletter to all supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Staff salaries Salaries for Hospice staff during the Christmas period
      £20,000 Overheads Heating, lighting and general running costs during the Christmas period
  • Background


    Our care takes place in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Berkhamsted and across our catchment area for our Homecare nurses.

    Our catchement area is North West Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire


    People with terminal illness and their loved ones.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hospice of St Francis has an international reputation for providing first-class, holistic end-of-life care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Clinical Staff

    Our nurses provide dignified, understanding end-of-life care to our patients, whether in the Hospice or our in the community.

    Our Volunteers

    We have over 1,000 volunteers who help to make sure we run in the most cost-effective way possible.