Christmas Appeal 2021

This Christmas will you help bring comfort and joy to a local family – and memories they’ll treasure for years to come?

Hello, my name is Josie and I’ve experienced first-hand the difference St Gemma’s makes to local families over the festive season. My husband Graham was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 68 and, when he became very ill, he was admitted to St Gemma’s In-Patient Unit. It was the 10th December, and it would be our final Christmas together.

I’ll never forget the care and support my husband and our family received at the Hospice. During a very sad time, St Gemma’s helped us make the most of the festive season together. Those precious memories still mean so much to all of us today.

Bringing comfort and joy at Christmas makes a difference to a family forever.

I know the team will do their utmost to ensure it’s a special time for families being cared for at this important time. During this season of love and goodwill, together we can make this the best possible Christmas for all those who will be cared for by St Gemma’s.

From my family to yours, I send you our very best wishes for a safe and peaceful festive season.


Hello, my name is Laura and I’m one of the senior nurses at St Gemma’s. While we’re caring round the clock for patients on our In-Patient Unit, I love hearing updates from our fundraising colleagues about the fantastic support we receive.

It’s always so heart-warming to see the response to our seasonal appeal, knowing the local community is right behind us to make each patient’s Christmas extra special.

We’ll be working hard to make every second count for families who are spending their last Christmas together. On behalf of all the staff at St Gemma’s, I send you our warmest thanks for your very kind support.