Christmas festivities have started at a our Doncaster hospice as we celebrated our Christmas tree lights switch on surrounded by staff, patients and their families on December 3.
We also held the first of four Christmas parties for our Day Hospice patients and families.
The day kicked off with a flying visit from Santa to hand out presents to the day hospice patients, staff got in to the swing of things and helped set the tone by dressing up. The day hospice patients enjoyed Santa’s visit and were later treated to a three course Christmas dinner followed by lots of festive games and entertainment in the form of carol singing from staff at CAST.
As the day drew shorter and the light started to fade, staff, patients and their families turned out into the hospice garden ready for the Christmas light switch on. Father Andy, Chaplain at Rotherham Doncaster and South Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), came along to bless the Christmas tree, Tim Shaw, Non-Executive director at RDaSH switched the lights on and live music was enjoyed by all thanks to the Salvation Army’s brass band.
Jo Brooks, Day Hospice Sister said: “We love being able to spread joy at Christmas, seeing the faces of our patients when Santa gives them a present is just priceless. Christmas is about spending time together and being happy so we try to make that happen for all our patients.”
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St John’s Hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).