Bury Hospice has launched a Christmas appeal that will help make the festive season an extra special one for our patients and their families.

For many people, Christmas is an exciting time to spend with loved ones but sadly, for some patients living with a life-limiting illness, it will be their last Christmas spent with their family.

At this special time of year we are asking for your support to help create magical memories for our patients and their loved ones.

As an independent charity, it costs £4m to run our services. With just a 13 per cent contribution from the NHS, the remainder is generated via support from the community, including donations, regular giving, fundraising, legacies and by playing our weekly lottery.

We have created a special "wish list" of ways patients at the hospice can benefit from your help.

A donation of:

• £5 could pay for a Christmas bubble bath for a patient

• £10 could pay for a three-course Christmas dinner

• £15 could pay for a complementary therapy session for a patient or their loved one

• £20 could pay for a patient’s loved one to join them for Christmas dinner Items on the wish list can be bought as a virtual gift on behalf of a family member or friend.

Bury Times: Bury Hospice chief executive Helen LockwoodBury Hospice chief executive Helen Lockwood (Image: Bury Hospice)

One of my favourite parts of the Christmas appeal is reading all of the heart-warming dedications from our supporters on our online Winter Stars page.

This is thanks to Visufund - a lovely platform that enables people offering donations to create tributes filled with beautiful words, messages, photos and memories.

This Christmas appeal is a seasonal way for people to donate money to the hospice.

We all get things for Christmas that we don’t really need and often struggle to decide what to buy for that special someone who has everything, so this is a perfect way to spread some festive cheer.

You can be sure that your donation will help us to continue delivering end-of-life care and support to our patients and their families across Bury this Christmas.

To join the Bury Hospice Christmas Appeal and dedicate a star in memory of someone special, visit: https://www.buryhospice.org.uk/events/bury-hospice-christmas-appeal or call the fundraising team on 0161 797 1748.