Please support our Christmas Hamper Appeal St Raphael’s Hospice is looking for individuals, local companies and businesses to give back this Christmas! Every year the Hospice staff and its volunteers make the most beautiful Christmas hampers that they ask the local community to raffle to raise vital funds. It costs £6 million per year to provide all the services St Raphael’s offer. Around 25% of this comes from the NHS, leaving the hospice with more than £4 million to raise. Emily Nicholls, Head of Donor Development, explained: “Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to cancel many of our usual fundraising events and close 11 of our charity shops for at least 3 months. We predict that this will result in a loss of over £1.5million this year, meaning that we need everyone’s help now more than ever to ensure that the people of Merton and Sutton continue receiving our expert end of life care.” The hampers will be raffled through local businesses and community groups. Lula from Adams Fish Bar, one of the local businesses supporting the Hospice Christmas appeal said: “When my brother in law passed I was drawn to St Raphael’s and the magnificent care they provided for him and his family. They really take care of you and the Christmas hampers are just such a nice thing to do as people are always so happy to support.” Emily Nicholls added: “People are invited to donate popular Christmas treats, little Christmas gifts and accessories. We hope to have enough goodies to make 30 hampers by the end of October and also give every patient and their family a visit from Santa on Christmas eve”. If you can help your local hospice by raffling a hamper please email their Supporter Care Team at [email protected] or call at 020 8254 2450. For your convenience, you can use St Raphael’s amazon wish list to send in chosen Christmas gifts without having to leave your house: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/1QEI9YCWQOXTK?ref_=wl_share. You can also drop your donations in to the Fundraising Office in Capitol House on London Road or into any of the open St Raphael’s charity shops; Raynes Park, Wimbledon Village, Banstead and Carshalton.