40 Days of Christmas
Help us to raise £40,000 during our '40 days of Christmas' appeal to go towards the care we will deliver to patients and their families over the festive season.
We won’t just have ‘12 Days of Christmas’ here at Weldmar; this year, we will have 40 Days of Christmas!
We know that Christmas is a special time for family and friends – and never more so than when a loved one has a terminal illness, facing what could be their last Christmas together. Our goal is to give everyone we care for the best possible chance for a Christmas of joy, positivity and togetherness with friends and family – all the things we’d want for ourselves and our loved ones.
Our 40 Days of Christmas starts on 27th November and lasts right through to 5th January – Twelfth Night, the end of the traditional ‘12 Days’. Over these 40 days, we expect to spend £1,000 each day for Christmas patient care and festivities.
Photos and updates
Our 2017 'Light up a Life' services and dedications have now ended & we will be compiling the Books of Remembrance over the next few days. You can still support us during our #40DaysofChristmas Appeal should you need to make a donation, by going to https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/rwRlY53icx
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) January 1, 2018
Although we don't have a party at Joseph Weld Hospice on New Year's Eve, we do make sure that our patients can see in the new year with a little glass of something should they wish to. Our #40daysofChristmas Appeal continues into 2018 at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/IXBQhZSrsA
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 31, 2017
Throughout our #40DaysofChristmas Appeal (https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH) the @weldmar Day Services team held many festive-themed workshops for their patients – including this flower arranging session at Trimar Hospice in Weymouth pic.twitter.com/ljnmazGVpv
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 30, 2017
For today's #40DaysofChristmas (https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH) we are asking for your used stamps, which our Fundraising team can turn into much needed funds for patient care. Send the stamps to Fundraising, Weldmar Hospicecare, Hammick House, Bridport Road, Poundbury, DT1 3SD pic.twitter.com/BHLmuWJF6T
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 29, 2017
As we reach Day 32 of our #40DaysofChristmas we will be preparing for patients who need to return after a short stay at home. We are more than four weeks into our Christmas Appeal, and are very grateful for all of your support so far. More at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/7qxr4FHpzT
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 28, 2017
During #40DaysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH we've been supported by many individuals and organisations across Dorset, including the staff and cast of 'Sleeping Beauty' at @weypavilion who hold bucket collections for @weldmar at the end of each performance. Thank you so much pic.twitter.com/tgQApxJKXb
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 27, 2017
Patients and staff at Joseph Weld Hospice were delighted to listen to Ruby Sweetland singing for us all yesterday. Everyone at @weldmar would like to thank Ruby for taking the time to visit during our #40daysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/6hCNhnkEtX
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 26, 2017
Everyone at @weldmar would like to express their gratitude to the people of Dorset for all of your support throughout the year, but especially during our #40daysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH Without you we would not be able to provide any of our services pic.twitter.com/Mp6esZc9BY
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 25, 2017
Christmas Eve is a very important day in our #40DaysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH Patients who are well enough, and who want to, will be helped to go home ready for tomorrow. Thank you for all your Christmas messages, that are now displayed in our giant Christmas card pic.twitter.com/Tmj2RNECmP
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 24, 2017
Our catering team have spent a lot of their time ensuring that patients have a Christmas meal that meets their specific nutritional needs throughout our #40DaysofChristmas Merv (one of our Trustees) will be volunteering again on Christmas Day this year https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/k1weOPjhk5
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 23, 2017
Yesterday we hosted our annual Christmas event for children being supported by Jo Sharkey, @weldmar’s Children’s Support Worker – which included a donkey! A very special entry for our #40DaysofChristmas appeal. Learn more about our Christmas Appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/0ofxTSyTtR
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 22, 2017
Our Multi Disciplinary Teams meet weekly across @weldmar and during our #40DaysofChristmas the team based at Joseph Weld Hospice are making plans to help those patients who are well enough to go home for Christmas. Learn more about our Christmas Appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/FdNBEWs7mC
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 21, 2017
For today’s #40DaysofChristmas we’d like to thank our fantastic team of volunteers who work across @weldmar One of this dedicated team is Katrina, who gives her time to be a driver and companion to our patients in the community. More at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/FLTqinB3g9
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 20, 2017
Our catering team are regularly praised for the food that they prepare in @weldmar‘s inpatient unit and day services sites, planning and ensuring that all dietary needs are catered for – especially during our #40DaysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/WLuIVBdZUI
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 19, 2017
On the 22nd of our #40daysofChristmas we’d like to introduce you to our Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy team, who have been helping those patients who are well enough to get ready to go home for Christmas. More about our #Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/aumDRj4Pla
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 18, 2017
Not only are our staff highly skilled in their particular fields – but many have other talents that they like to share during our #40daysofChristmas – such as Dr Peter, who entertained patients and staff recently on his guitar https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/doTYOnS39A
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 17, 2017
We wouldn’t be able to offer any of our services without our wonderful volunteers. We have loved being able to host various Christmas thank you events at our sites during our #40DaysofChristmas – with a mince pie (or three!) https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/XPafFjpQe0
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 16, 2017
During our #40DaysofChristmas (https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH) we’ve been lucky to have entertainment from our community. Yesterday our patients at Joseph Weld Hospice were entertained by the choir from St Mary’s Catholic First School. We’d like to say a big thank you to them all! pic.twitter.com/3XDsJlUuNc
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 15, 2017
As our #40DaysofChristmas reaches day 18, we continue preparations in Joseph Weld Hospice by wrapping presents for our patients. Thank you for all of your support so far with our Christmas appeal. Learn more about the appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/Vu4s8UPA06
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 14, 2017
We care for the families & loved ones of our patients & this continues throughout our #40DaysofChristmas We held a silk painting session this week for a group of carers & those who have been bereaved, who all enjoyed this creative afternoon https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/KcQmblFOYZ
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 13, 2017
Part of our #40DaysofChristmas, tonight’s Light up a Life service at @TropicalDorset will start at 4.30pm – and is our final service of the year. We hope to see you there. And you can learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/g3SmChRR9Y
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 12, 2017
For today’s #40DaysofChristmas we wanted to share what some of our Day Services patients and staff have been making. In Blandford, they have been making and decorating Christmas cakes and making marzipan fruits. Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/gpilNybwpl
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 11, 2017
Have you put up your decorations yet? Have you bought your tree? We were very lucky to be presented with a gorgeous Christmas tree by Trinity St Christmas Trees, which we’ve been busy decorating today on the 12th of our #40DaysofChristmas https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/x4KYWwycYd
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 8, 2017
Here’s the @weldmar Nativity that’s displayed in reception at Joseph Weld Hospice in #Dorchester #40DaysofChristmas Learn more about Christmas at @weldmar and how you can support us at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/T4ML23rVhW
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 7, 2017
Day 10 of our #40DaysofChristmas Appeal https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH Did you know that the majority of our work is in the community? @Weldmar Community Nurses support our patients wherever they live, and are busy visiting as many as possible in the run up to Christmas. pic.twitter.com/ed3JNEgalv
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 6, 2017
Today’s #40DaysofChristmas is ‘Light up a Life’ – our remembrance services across Dorset. Tonight’s service is at Joseph Weld Hospice at 6.30pm. During the service we will light the tree, each light representing the life of a loved one no longer with us: https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/FdaxKYzW6G
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 5, 2017
During our #40DaysofChristmas we are very lucky to have Christmas entertainment from across our community – and this week we’re all looking forward to a visit from a local school choir. Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/Ch3f9XMp7s
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 4, 2017
Today’s #40DaysofChristmas had 200 Santas take on our Family Santa Run at @DorchesterRFC . Thank you to all taking part, and all who’ve sponsored them! Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGbYS67 pic.twitter.com/NcP4KCnsaT
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 3, 2017
Today our #40DaysofChristmas is all about Santa! Santa arrived in style at @PoundburyGdns today – where he will be in his grotto in aid of @weldmar throughout December. Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/1ZvzFF31sI
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 2, 2017
Thanks to everyone that’s supported our #40DaysofChristmas You’ve raised almost £8,000 so far! And thanks for the messages you have sent back; we’ve been adding them to the giant Christmas card in our inpatient unit. Learn more about our appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/lckoV5HpPa
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) December 1, 2017
On the 4th of our #40DaysofChristmas we say thank you to all the fantastic volunteers that give up their time to support @weldmar all year round, like Jean at our Brownlow Street shop in Weymouth. Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/qy2nvDg01u
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) November 30, 2017
Our insight into the work of @weldmar over the #40daysofChristmas continues – as staff and volunteers help our patients planning their Christmas gifts and writing Christmas cards. Learn more about our Christmas appeal at https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/URYAodnURl
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) November 29, 2017
Thank you to everyone that’s already supported our #40daysofChristmas appeal. It’s thanks to support like yours that we can provide simple pleasures, like these advent calendars, as well as funding our outstanding care across Dorset https://t.co/lB1nGcgtuH pic.twitter.com/rN44ZzG23V
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) November 28, 2017
— Weldmar Hospicecare (@weldmar) November 27, 2017
Sara and Paul’s story
I’m Sara Gay and I’d like to tell you about the wonderful care my husband Paul received at Weldmar Hospicecare last Christmas – and why I think it’s so important that we all support our local hospice this year.
Paul was what I suppose you would call an ‘outdoors man’. His passion was the countryside and country sports and he spent most of his days roaming Dorset with his beloved dogs. The image I have of him is leaving the house with his cap and jacket, the sandwiches I’d made him (ham or cheese only – nothing ‘fancy’!) in his backpack.
So, when Paul became ill it hit him really very hard indeed. To go from such an active life to being confined to bed was difficult for him to take. I looked after him at home the best I could but, when his health deteriorated, we had to turn to Weldmar for support. Paul stayed at the hospice for the whole of the Christmas holidays last year and, although it was a sad time for both of us, I have nothing but glowing memories of the hospice.
I love Christmas, always have done, and when I went to the hospice (every day) I always found a friendly, happy place. Decorations around to lift the mood, but nothing too much. A smile and a cheery ‘hello’ from so many people. So warm, so welcoming.
Now, Paul wasn’t a fan of Christmas to be honest. He thought it was fuss over nothing and so, for him, he didn’t feel like engaging in the activities the staff suggested. The food they provided was wonderful – but when Paul said the thing he fancied most was just a couple of my home-made sandwiches they said that was just fine.
What was wonderful is that they didn’t ‘pooh-pooh’ him or think of him as a grinch, they respected his choices and made sure he had the same dedicated care and attention as everyone else. It was remarkable how they could be so considerate; so flexible in treating everyone in their care as an individual.
Thanks to the expert care he received at Weldmar, Paul had his wish to come home for his final days. He died, peacefully in his bed as I lay dozing in the next room. Weldmar’s nurses gave me the support I needed to make the end of Paul’s life the calm, peaceful event it was and I don’t think I could ever really say enough to describe their utterly dedicated, compassionate care.
I’ll be helping the hospice this Christmas, the memories of last year are still so strong. I want others to know the same wonderful care Paul received. I very much hope you will be able to join me.
Christmas best wishes and prayers to you and your family.