The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is throwing down the gauntlet to everyone this Christmas to join in Festive Fun Friday on December 9.

For a donation of £2 you can dress up in all your Christmas clobber, so dig out those warm woollies, Santa socks or reindeer antlers. Why not bake Christmas cupcakes, host a mince pie and coffee morning or use the office Christmas party to fundraise?

Melanie Cowieson, the hospice’s corporate and major gift fundraising manager, said: “This is the hospice’s first ever Festive Fun Friday and we want everyone to get into the Christmas spirit and celebrate this special time of year.

“You, your family and friends can dress up as much as you want and perhaps stage a competition for the best or worst dressed?

“The whole theme of our special day is to have fun no matter what your age whilst raising money for the Hospice.

“Just £5 will pay for a home cooked meal in our inpatient unit or day therapy and for £20 a patient can receive a complimentary therapy session such as acupuncture that can help relieve some of the side-effects of chemotherapy.”

Melanie added: “Big or small donations help us to make a difference when it matters most.

“Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help or if you would like collection boxes or buckets.”

Christmas Day 2016

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Register now by emailing fundraising@hospicegs.com or call 01244 851811 and you will be sent a fundraising pack.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd provides palliative care for residents of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Deeside, western Cheshire and part of south Wirral.

It has a range of services free of charge to patients facing life limiting illnesses and their families.

The Hospice of The Good Shepherd is an independent charity which provides a full range of specialised residential and day care services for adults with incurable life-limiting illnesses and their families across Cheshire West and Chester and Deeside.

It needs to raise more than £2.5m each year to provide its services and relies on the generosity of the community as a whole to help raise this amount.

For further information visit www.hospiceofthegoodshepherd.com or email abi.smith@hospicegs.com or call 01244 851811.