Barnsley Hospice turns to Santa to raise funds

21 November 2011

Staff at a charity shop are encouraging parents to bring their children to visit Santa this Christmas and help raise funds for patients with life-threatening illnesses.      
Barnsley Hospice has nine shops across the area and for the first time is putting a Santa’s grotto in one of them – the Mexborough branch. 
Parents will be asked to make a donation towards the work of the hospice, if they can, rather than there being a charge.  
Shop manager Debbie Roberts said: “We’ve been busy preparing the shop ready to welcome Santa and it looks very festive. 
“We hope local families will come in and enjoy some Christmas magic while also doing their bit to support a great cause.”
Barnsley Hospice, at Gawber, provides inpatient and day care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition, not only cancer patients. It also offers care in patients’ own homes as well as a range of other services.   
All care is free to the patient. The hospice needs to raise nearly £2m a year to stay open so relies heavily on income from its shops which last year came to around £890,000.
Santa will be at the Mexborough shop, High Street, from noon to 2.30pm on the following dates: November 26th and December 2nd, 10th and 16th.  Each child who visits will take home a lolly.
Children can also visit the hospice’s Santa’s grotto at The Alhambra shopping centre in Barnsley town centre. Tickets cost £2 and each child receives a festive chocolate bar. Again all proceeds go to the charity.
This grotto is open on Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm between November 23rd and December 17th inclusive. From December 19th children can visit every day between 11am and 4pm and from 11am to 3pm on Christmas Eve.  
Shoppers can also show their support for the hospice by buying Christmas cards and gifts from its shops or by donating unwanted items including furniture, clothes, bric-a-brac, household goods and books. Even clothes and fabric that cannot be sold are valuable as last year sales to a local rag merchant raised £90,000.
Items can be donated at any of the shops between 9am and 4pm or left in the shed at the back of the hospice. Collections can be arranged for large donations by calling 01226 244244. Anyone thinking of making a donation of furniture should call 01226 771715 beforehand. 
The hospice shops also always need volunteers to help carry out a range of roles and managers would like to hear from anyone who can spare a few hours of their time. Training is given.
For further information about Barnsley Hospice, visit, email or call 01226 244244.
Photographers are welcome to take pictures of Santa at the Mexborough shop. Call Debbie Roberts at the shop on 01709 588468.
Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement. 
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
Barnsley Hospice has two furniture shops in Blucher Street, Barnsley, and Stairfoot, and general shops at The Arcade, in Barnsley, Wombwell, Goldthorpe, Mapplewell and Penistone.
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