Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019
We’ve had a very busy day here at the Hospice, getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas party, carol singing, oh and a visit by Castleford Tigers! 
Christmas really has come early at the Hospice. Today, we welcomed our Outreach patients from all three community venues – Airedale, Badsworth and Altofts to the Hospice for a special Christmas celebration. 
The Outreach Christmas party kicked off with carol singing from an adorable group of children from Halfpenny Lane School, everyone joined in with the sing-song and it was really lovely to see everyone having such a great time. 
After a delicious Christmas dinner, prepared by our catering team, colleagues from Junction 32 popped in with a whole load of presents for our patients to enjoy. The presents were donated through the Junction 32 gift-giving tree, where generous members of the public donate presents.
Then, to shake things up in the afternoon, we had our annual visit from Castleford Tigers. 

As our charity of the year partner, the Tigers players are actively involved with both fundraising, and supporting campaigns throughout the year. Building on the success of the previous three years, the players once again took a day out of their busy schedules to come down to the Hospice.

During their visit, the lads got their hands dirty and built marquees for our Light up a Life service. They also visited patients on the ward, and joined in with the Outreach patient Christmas party, taking part in the Christmas quiz.
As a Hospice, we support the families of patients too. Tony, who’s mother-in-law, Jean, is currently staying on our Incare ward, couldn’t believe her luck when mid-way through cleaning his cooker at home, he got a call to say the team were coming to the Hospice! A supporter for over 50 years, he hung up his marigolds and hurried down. Tony was as cool as a cucumber when we caught up with him after he met them. He said; ‘‘You get to my age and you’re chilled about everything. I went to my first game in 1965. I’ve told them do well this year or I’ll stop supporting you!"
Incare patient, Lynne, also received a visit from the boys in her room, she told us ‘‘I do like Castleford, I do watch them on telly. I feel right proud of myself now. I’m glad I’ve met them, they are great. It has made my day."
We are over the moon all our patients had a fabulous day celebrating the festivities, and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us to make today special, including our staff and volunteers, Halfpenny Lane School, Junction 32 and Castleford Tigers. 
We caught up with Castleford Tigers player, James Clare to ask him what the team had been up to today at the Hospice, he said; “We’ve had the entire Castleford Tigers down here today building the marquees for the Light up a Life event and spent some time with the patients. They are a massive part of what we do, they support us every week when we’re out on the field so it’s always nice to come down and show a little bit of support for them as well. All the lads look forward to it, as soon as it’s put on the schedule; we count the days down because we have such a good day when we’re here. The patients always seem to have a good time and we have a laugh. They raise our spirits hopefully as much as we raise theirs. Any money that anyone can raise for the Hospice I would say do it because it’s such an amazing cause, not only for the patients but for all their families as well.” 

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