St Giles Hospice has launched two beautiful cards to encourage organisations to share a card this Christmas and help a local cause at the same time. The cards have been designed by members of Phoenix, the hospice’s service to support bereaved young people and patients from the day hospice at Whittington.
Senior Corporate Fundraiser Philippa Graty said the cards were a wonderful way to send Christmas greetings to colleagues and school friends while helping to raise money for the hospice.
“It’s been absolutely wonderful to see how our patients and members of our Phoenix peer support group have come together to create two very lovely and very different cards,” she said.
“We’re urging local organisations to team up and instead of sending individual cards, to share a card and make a donation.
“All the money raised will go to supporting families living with potentially incurable illnesses in our community.”
Philippa said working with Lynda Ward, a day hospice patient from Sutton Coldfield who painted the fireside themed card, had been inspirational.
“Lynda was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease six years ago and had a brain haemorrhage, resulting in paralysis of her right side, just over two years ago,” she said.
“Since then through sheer perseverance and hard work she has re-trained her brain to use her left hand, teaching herself to write, paint and perform everyday tasks.
“Lynda worked with other day hospice patients to agree the subject of the card and then created the painting, her unfaltering determination was inspirational.”
Lynda, who is from Little Aston, attends day hospice on a regular basis and looks forwards to her weekly visits.
“I always feel very safe and fully understood by the team and all of the other people who attend,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet folk, have a chat and get the right support going forward in the twists and turns of my diagnosis.
“Working on the card was an absolute pleasure and I’m really looking forward to seeing how much is raised.”