Cancer patients and children have designed Christmas cards for a hospice this year.
St Catherine’s Hospice at Crawley has launched an extra special Christmas card range, as 10 of the festive cards have been designed by patients and children who have received support from the hospice.
Lindsay Day, palliative care nurse practitioner, said: “The patients in our day hospice really embraced the Christmas spirit when they designed these cards. Painting and drawing can be very therapeutic and relaxing in itself but to see their artwork sold in our charity shops and online shop is something very special. The families of patients I’ve spoken to have been overwhelmed and for those who are now bereaved, the cards have been a real act of remembrance.”
The cards are now on sale in St Catherine’s 14 charity shops across Sussex and Surrey as well as online at www.stch.org.uk/christmas.
Wayne Stepney, front of house services manager at St Catherine’s, said: “Our patients created some artwork last November, which was displayed at St Catherine’s and uploaded to Facebook. The artwork received hugely positive feedback from our supporters, so we were inspired to create some Christmas cards. This year we asked patients from our Day Hospice, as well as those from our bereaved young children’s group, to contribute designs.
The public love the concept of it. Our sales have been going well so far and our patients are already making art for our 2016 range.”
Christmas is a poignant time of year for St Catherine’s patients and their loved ones and the hospice is on hand throughout the festive season to continue to provide practical and emotional support to people whenever they need it. This vital support costs £180,000 over the 12 days of Christmas, or more than £30,000 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone.