Rather than giving something up this New Year, why not make a pledge to give something back?

That’s the message from staff and volunteers at St Giles Hospice as we launch our 2019 programme of events to help raise more than £7 million.

In 2018, the charity cared for more than 7,000 people and their families living with a potentially incurable illness. But we believe that more than 1,000 additional people could benefit from their support.

Whether you’re a business or an individual, a keen runner or just someone with a small amount of time to give, there are a host of different ways people can help.

Elinor Eustace, Director of Fundraising at St Giles, said: “It takes an incredible amount of teamwork from supporters, volunteers and staff for St Giles to continue providing care to individuals and families in our community.

“We just couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support we receive and so we’ve been working hard to make it as easy as possible for people to contribute.

“Our 2019 programme really does include something for everyone from fundraising challenges to remembrance events.

“Now that Christmas is over, many people start making resolutions to get fit or take on a physical challenge. We have plenty of challenges for people to get their teeth into but there are lots of other ways to give something back to St Giles in 2019.”

In June last year, Georgina Powell took part in the Solstice Walk in Lichfield with her mum and two sisters in memory of her grandad.

“It was a really uplifting and magical experience,” said Georgina from Cannock, whose grandad died at St Giles Hospice Whittington in May last year, just four weeks before the walk. “I’d never done anything like that before and, as hard as it was, it really helped us deal with our grief.

“Grandad spent just two weeks at St Giles but staff were incredibly supportive and nothing was too much trouble while they were looking after him. They really do go out of their way to help local families so it was lovely to come together with so many others and give something back. We’ll definitely be supporting them again in 2019.”

St Giles cares for thousands of people living with diseases which may not be curable both in the hospice and the community. The emotional, physical and practical support they offer from the point of diagnosis extends to family members and carers too.

Elinor added: “It takes a community to make a hospice so we’d like to thank everyone who donated their time, energy and resources to St Giles in 2018. We’re really looking forward to bringing more of our wonderful supporters together in 2019 to enable us to continue our vital work.”

We’re in this together. This is how 2017/18 stacked up in numbers for St Giles Hospice:

  • We cared for more than 7,000 people
  • Eight in 10 patients were cared for at home
  • We ran 13 bereavement help points
  • We spent £9.6m providing care services (more than two thirds came from the local community)
  • Volunteers donated over 6,000 hours of help per week
  • Supporters raised £5m
  • Event fundraisers raised over £2m
  • Lottery players raised £820,000
  • Shoppers raised £672,000
  • Generous gifts in wills raised £1.5m

In 2019, you can help St Giles continue its vital work by joining or volunteering at one of these events:

  • Treecycle – Jan 7-11
  • Orange Wednesday – April 3
  • Celebrate Lives Lived – throughout May
  • Cycle St Giles, Spring – May 5
  • Summer Fair, Whittington – May 25
  • Solstice Walk – June 22
  • Summer Fair, Walsall – July 20
  • Cycle St Giles, Autumn – September 8
  • Christmas Fair, Whittington – November 16
  • Light up a Life, December (dates tbc)
  • Christmas Fair, Walsall, December 7
  • Rudolph Run, December 8

To find out more about getting involved with St Giles, click here.