Christmas in hospital can be difficult, but you can help East Lancashire Hospital Trust’s official charity – ELHT&Me, make a real difference by supporting our Christmas activities.

We know that for some patients, Christmas can be a particularly lonely time, especially if they do not have any visitors or family nearby to visit them in hospital. With our Give a Gift campaign, we hope to be able to bring some festive cheer to those who are unable to celebrate Christmas at home with their families, by ensuring every patient receives a gift on Christmas Day. We have created an Amazon Wish list, for people to easily and safely send a gift from the comfort of their homes. Using our Amazon Wishlist is the perfect way to brighten someone's day - be that a patient on one of our Children's Wards, or a patient alone living with dementia who will be surrounded only by our colleagues. Click here

Our Give a Gift for Christmas Wish List is a great alternative to making a donation, however, if you would like to donate financially, we have lots of ways that you can give. Perhaps you join in our Christmas Outfit Day, Friday 10 December, and spend the day flaunting your festive fashion. Anything Christmassy counts – so if a festive knit or jolly jumper is not for you then how about a tinselly t-shirt, sparkly socks, or happy headwear! Just remember to text NHS 2 to 70085 to donate £2 or simply visit our Just Giving page to make a donation. You can also join us and sign up to walk, run, swim or toddle a Merry Mile and put the fun in fundraising for our patients this festive season. Sign up here

We're also giving you the chance to win £1,000 in time for the big day with Win a Grand for Christmas - enter here.

Additionally, we invite you to join us in remembering loved ones this Christmas, by dedicating an angel on our virtual Christmas Tree here. To light up a life, simply pick an angel on the tree, make a donation and write your personal dedication to remember your loved one(s). We are also stocking beautiful pin badges and these make thoughtful tokens - shop here.