We're issuing a special request to the local community this Christmas – please continue your fantastic support, virtually.
‘’2020 has been an extremely challenging year and we really appreciate the support we’ve received from the local community”, said Denise Gee, Fundraising Manager for ELHT&Me.
“This Christmas we need to prioritise the safety of our patients, staff, and our supporters in the community too. That’s why we’ve made our Christmas campaign virtual, and there are a number of ways to give.”
We have launched three virtual campaigns:
The Big NHS Christmas List
Help us with our Christmas challenge to provide a gift for each of our patients to open on Christmas morning! To make things easier, we have created an Amazon Wishlist, filled with ideal gifts for patients who find themselves in hospital on Christmas Day. Be Father Christmas this year and purchase something to be gifted to patients, here.
The Big NHS Christmas Give
If you’d rather make a financial donation, you can safely and securely donate to our JustGiving page specifically created for purchasing gifts for patients, here.
If you’d like to make a donation to say thank you to our amazing staff after such a challenging year, you can make a donation to our #MerryXmasNHS JustGiving page, here.
We're also giving supporters the opportunity to win big this Christmas with the ELHT&Me Christmas Raffle. A prize of £1,000 is up for grabs, with tickets priced at only £2 each. All proceeds from the raffle will support initiatives to enhance patient environment and experience across the Trust.
All virtual donations will be managed by the Fundraising Team, who will distribute the gifts to our patients safely and in line with COVID guidance. The Trust manages Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Teaching Hospitals, as well as Accrington, Clitheroe and Pendle Community Hospitals, and donations will be shared across Trust sites, throughout the festive period.
Donating funds gives the charity the flexibility to purchase gifts from a range of places, for different patients and staff groups, and deliver them quickly, so it’s the perfect way to support your local hospital charity without having to go shopping yourself.
This year, we are unable to accept donations of gifts, purchased and donated by members of the public, due to infection control guidelines. If you do attend the hospital site with gifts to donate, you will be turned away.
“We can’t thank the local community enough for their generosity through such a challenging year”, said Denise. “Continuing that support over Christmas and New Year will be essential for keeping up morale and making our staff and patients feel special – and we are doing everything we can to do that safely.”