Hospice At Home nurse Judith, with a patient who has now passed away.

This December, Nottinghamshire Hospice is hoping to raise £50,000 to help families affected by life-limiting illnesses.

The Hospice provides care for more than 900 families across the county, and around 800 of these are able to carry on living in their own homes because of the support they receive.

The Hospice will provide care and emotional support in the recipients’ own homes, so they can spend the month of December and Christmas Day together with their family and loved ones.

Clare Stevens, spokesman for Nottinghamshire Hospice, said: “By dedicating a light on our tree and making a donation you will give families across Nottinghamshire the greatest gift of all this Christmas, time together to make lasting memories.”

“We are a local charity supporting families across Nottinghamshire. Your donation will go directly into our frontline services of hospice at home, day therapy and bereavement and carer support.”

Stevens also emphasises that they provide a high level of care all year round, but that what they do is especially important around Christmas because other services may be less available.

“The money will help people with a terminal illness and their families by providing a Hospice at Home nurse to provide palliative end of life care for their loved ones, at night and in the daytime. It also means that people can carry on living in their own homes at the end of their life rather than being admitted to hospital. We also provide emotional support and counselling for family members before and after bereavement.”

Hospice Patient Ron doing woodworking

How to get involved:

There are a number of ways to help raise the money. Whether you’re donating in memory of a loved one, purchasing a Christmas card, or attending a special event, it will ensure that families across Nottingham get time together to make precious memories.

The special events to help raise money are Light Up a Life which includes a memorial walk, the Festive Fair with gift stalls and a visit from Santa, and Light Up a Night, where businesses and others are invited to light up the cupola tower for a whole night.