Adopt a tree and make St. Joseph’s Hospice sparkle for Christmas

Sparkle, St. Joseph’s Hospice’s Christmas tree light extravaganza, is set to bring all the joys of Christmas to terminally ill patient’s windows for a second year running.

The lights will switch on during the hospice’s Light up a Life Christmas service on Sunday 5th December and will be left on until the twelfth night, Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Sparkle is set in the backdrop of luscious 12 acre woodland. Once again hardworking staff and volunteers will adorn the ground’s surrounding trees with glistening lights. Their mission: to give hospice residents the chance to indulge in a twinkle of Christmas spirit.

Sparkle also marks an opportunity for local businesses and organisations by adopting a Christmas tree. This will deliver the gift of Christmas directly to hospice patients receiving end-of-life care.

The hospice will also invite members of the public to visit the hospice gardens and see them sparkle during December.

Members of the public will be able to book a time slot to visit and view the trees. Additionally, there will be an array of tasty, festive refreshments including: mulled wine; hot chocolate and mince pies.

Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising and lottery at St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We are really excited to launch our Sparkle for St. Joseph’s event for the second year running.

“It is such a lovely way for local businesses to help brighten up a dark winter and show our patients how much they are loved and cared for by their communities.”

St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton, Merseyside, opened its doors in 1974 and has held a special place in the heart of our community ever since.

Today, the hospice offers high-quality, professional nursing care within a peaceful, home-from-home environment.

St. Joseph’s Hospice cares for around 200 people ever year from across a diverse geographical area, which includes Sefton, Liverpool and West Lancashire.

A community-based palliative care consultant, a visiting GP and a local network of specialist clinical support all support the hospice.

As well as caring for patients, the hospice provide a range of support services to care for the needs of families and loved ones.

All the more reason, Maxine explains, why adopting a Christmas tree is all the more crucial to the hospice’s mission.

Maxine said: “To sponsor a Christmas tree, we are asking businesses to donate £200 per tree. We will provide the trees and will include the name of the donor or a business logo by the tree.

“Please help us to give the gift of Christmas to our patients this year and help our gardens to sparkle.”

If you would like to learn more about St. Joseph Hospice’s Sparkle event, you can learn more by visiting their website, or checking out their social media channels.

Businesses and organisations wishing to sponsor a Sparkle Christmas tree this Christmas can contact the hospice on 0151 932 6044.

Alternatively, you can e-mail the hospice and register your interest in adopting a tree.

Feature image credit: Li Mangan Photography