The Sun on Sunday Santa Hospice Appeal

It’s still November and already the tinsel is out. As we all gear up for Christmas I’m delighted that today sees the launch of our partnership with the Sun on Sunday’s Santa Hospice Appeal.

The Sunday Sun partnershipThe appeal is set to raise thousands of pounds for some of the children’s hospices across the UK by asking the public to make a donation to buy Christmas presents for children and young people – we are delighted to be working as The Sun on Sunday’s charity partner for the campaign.

It’s so important that we raise awareness of the challenges facing the 49,000 children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

This partnership with The Sun on Sunday will help us reach out to thousands more families who we know don’t always know where to turn to for information, advice or support. It provides a platform for us to share and talk about the wide range of palliative care services available be it social care, home help or hospice support. And of course, it will make Christmas that little bit more special for the children who will benefit from the additional presents.

The seven children’s hospices selected by The Sun on Sunday to benefit from the campaign are:

  • Hope House Children's Hospices at Hope House at Oswestry and Tŷ Gobaith at Conwy
  • St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle
  • Shooting Star Chase in Surrey & London
  • Charlton Farm in North Somerset (part of Children’s Hospice South West)
  • Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice in Belfast
  • Rachel House in Edinburgh (part of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)).

On average England’s children’s hospices receive just 10% of their funding from Clinical Commissioning Groups and so fund raising is vital if they are to continue their work. It is why we have pressed for the Comprehensive Spending Review to not just maintain, but increase the hospice grant from England’s Department for Health and to instigate closer working across health, education and social care to better meet the needs of children, young people and their families. We are also pushing for Government to address the challenges of ensuring that families have access to the right community based services, both in terms of funding and co-ordination of services, but also the training up of an adequately skilled workforce that can reach and support children and young people at home.

Christmas is a time for giving. We are thrilled to partner with the Sun on Sunday so readers can have the chance to give some of the 49,000 children and young people with life-shortening conditions an extra special Christmas present this year. Many of the children and young people we work with will have short lives, every moment is precious.

This is a great campaign, if you’d like to support the campaign, you can donate in a variety of ways:

I hope you will be able to support it – and of course, more information is available in today’s Sun on Sunday.

Barbara Gelb OBE is Chief Executive Officer of Together for Short Lives and has spent her career working to improve care services for children. 

Follow @BarbaraCEO_tfsl

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