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Festive fundraising in aid of local hospice

Eden Valley Hospice staff preparing for Festive Friday

This December a local charity is encouraging fundraisers to pull on a Christmas Jumper, bake a Festive Cake or take part in a Yuletide Quiz to help the care, support and activities they provide to local people with life limiting illnesses.

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day is all about covering yourself in tinsel and hosting a festive day of fundraising in aid of the charity. It is the perfect event for businesses, schools and community groups as they get into the Christmas spirit this December.

Natalie Bingham, Corporate Relationship Co-ordinator at the hospice said ‘’Last year we had over 50 businesses from across Cumbria taking part in their own Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, which is absolutely fantastic! We are so thankful for this level of support and hope to beat that number this year if possible.

“The event is open to businesses, schools and organisations and we already have a number of businesses already signed up including Carlisle Brass, HSBC and Liberty Work & Leisurewear. It’s a really fun event to get involved with that not only gets you in the festive spirit, but also helps support your local hospice at the same time.’’

Over the past 2 years, lots of organisations have taken part in the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Christmas Jumper Day helping to raise over £7,500. This year, the local charity have expanded their Christmas Jumper Day into Festive Friday and are encouraging people to host a sponsored present wrap, a Christmas mug day or a bobble hat day. The festive fundraising possibilities really are endless.

One company who took part in the last year’s Christmas Jumper Day is Carlisle Brass, who will once again be supporting Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw this December. Rebecca Johnson, from Carlisle Brass explained “Eden Valley Hospice & Jigsaw do such amazing work in providing care for its patients. To support them by fundraising in a variety of ways is both important to our staff and a cause very close to our hearts – we’re very much looking forward to Festive Friday!”

The money raised from this year’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ family, friends and carers.

During Festive Friday the local charity are not forgetting about all those Bah Humbugs who might not be in the festive spirit this December. They too, can still join in the Festive Friday fundraising by creating a Bah Humbug box, making an extra donation to get out of the Christmas fun or hosting an anti-Christmas Party.

For your free fundraising pack or to find out more about this year’s Festive Friday* *Or Any Other Day please visit www.edenvalleyhospice.org or contact Natalie Bingham, Corporate Relationship Co-ordinator, on 01228 516565.

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