The Hospice of the Good Shepherd has launched their new 2020 range of Christmas cards and merchandise with all proceeds going towards supporting direct care for local people with a life limiting illness this Christmas.

Close to 2 billion Christmas cards are sent in the UK and approximately 30% of these includes a charitable donation. However, the amount of money actually going to charity varies enormously depending on where you buy your cards.

By purchasing your Christmas cards directly through the Hospice, all profits go directly to supporting the vital work and services they provide to local residents and patients in your community.
Caroline Siddall, Director of Income Generation, said: “Due to the pandemic, almost all of our main fundraising events and activities have been cancelled and we now need your support more than ever to help save our Hospice.”

She continued: “Please do consider purchasing your cards from us this year as we receive 100 percent of the profits. It is a vitally important income stream that helps us continue to provide palliative care for our patients and make a difference in your local community.”

There are many beautiful designs to choose including some exclusive Chester-themed ones such as Chester Town Hall, Eastgate Clock and Chester Santa Dash!

Visit www.hospicegs.com/christmas and get your packs now!

The Hospice provides entirely free care to the most vulnerable and is currently in an urgent #SaveYourHospice appeal due to funding being hit as a result of Coronavirus.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is based in Chester, and serves the communities of West Cheshire, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Deeside and the surrounding areas, caring for patients with life-limiting conditions and supporting bereaved families.

Its dedicated team of staff and healthcare professionals aim to meet the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of those with life-limiting conditions, and to help maintain their dignity. It provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer and non-cancer life-limiting conditions.

The Hospice offers physical, emotional and spiritual care for patients, as well as family support and bereavement services.

Less than 25% of its £4 million annual running costs comes from statutory sources, – the rest comes from fundraising, donations, events and corporate partnerships. It costs approximately £11,000 a day to run the Hospice.

So far, Hospice of the Good Shepherd has been raising money through virtual events such as quiz nights as well as their weekly lottery draw, where participants have the chance to win £1000 for a cost of just £1 per week. Though fundraising is particularly more difficult due to Government lockdown, they are still determined to keep their Hospice afloat.