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Project information

Bring Christmas to a Marie Curie hospice

Over the festive period, our nine hospices will provide care and support to hundreds of families. This year we want to host an extra special Christmas for those we care for and their loved ones. Our goal is to raise the funds to provide 24 hours of care and all the trimmings on Christmas Day.

November 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Marie Curie

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  • Need


    For those with a terminal illness, spending Christmas with family and friends is hugely important, but it can also be a very difficult time of year. Over the festive period we care for hundreds of people and their families at our hospices, who are celebrating perhaps their last Christmas together. We want our hospices to be a home away from home, to recreate the familiar comforts of Christmas and help families get the most from the time they have left.


    For the families who will spend Christmas at our hospices, every moment is precious and Marie Curie would like to do everything possible to make it a joyful occasion. From serving Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, to organising family parties with Santa, funds raised from this project will enable us to go above and beyond on Christmas Day for our nursing staff and patients and families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help families make precious memories with their loved ones at our hospices this Christmas.


    » Assign Christmas champions across the nine hospices to work together on planning the event.
    » Christmas dinner for the whole family, suited to the individual needs of the patient, as well as decorations and a Christmas tree for each hospice.
    » Gifts for in-patients and day patients (where this gift might be the only one they receive), as well as goodies for children visiting loved ones.
    » Payment for taxis between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to cover hospice staff when public transport has closed.

    What success will look like

    The success of the project will be demonstrated through reporting on staff, patient and family engagement over the Christmas period, across the hospices.

  • Impact


    The project will increase exposure of our Pay for a Day scheme where donors can cover the funds of running a hospice for 24 hours.

    By bringing a special and memorable Christmas to those at our hospices, we will continue to increase awareness of what our hospices are really like, that they serve as a home away from home.

    Raising awareness of our hospices through this project will enable them to better serve local communities through our day services and in-patient stays.


    There is little risk because this project builds on an existing service, but we have to ensure we are organised in liaising across the nine hospices to provide everything we have set out to fund for Christmas. We also need to pre-empt bad weather over Christmas and give long lead times for delivery of goods. Finally, as the NHS funds 40% of the running costs of our hospices, we need to work closely together, to ensure we can continue our services.


    We’ll collate pictures and stories from patients, families and nurses across our hospices. We’ll also send a thank you to all our donors for their contribution, showing how they have helped many families spend their last Christmas together in an extra special way.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Christmas at our hospices Help fund our hospices for Christmas & Boxing Day, including activities, decorations and dinner
  • Background


    Our hospices cover nine regions of the UK: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bradford, Liverpool, Solihull in the West Midlands, Hampstead in London, Cardiff and Belfast. At the heart of their local communities, our hospices offer free round-the-clock care through day services and in-patient stays for people living with any terminal illness.


    Our hospices are not just there for the patient, but for the whole family. They are designed to make the end of life as comfortable as possible, going the extra mile to ensure individual wishes are met and allowing families to make special memories together. Offering both in-patient stays and day services, our hospices ensure that those with a terminal illness and their families have the support they need in order to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and distress to their family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charitable provider of end of life care. Our nine hospices provide the largest number of beds outside of the NHS. Last year we cared for care for nearly 8,000 people in our hospices, offering respite for those who are living with a terminal illness, as well as friends and family. Our hospices help people achieve the get the most from the time they have left, through a range of services, from day therapy to in-patient stays and bereavement support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marie Curie Hospice Staff And Volunteers

    Our hospice staff and volunteers will spend their Christmas with patients and families to make sure their time together is comfortable and special.

    Marie Curie Supporters

    Without our generous supporters we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of care and support we do, growing our services year-on-year.

“At Christmas we decorate the hospice and prepare little gifts for all the patients. It might be their last Christmas so we want them to enjoy it as best they can. It’s lovely to go round on Christmas Eve leaving them presents from Santa."

Lorraine Carey, Healthcare Assistant at Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale