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Helping the children this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching it’s easy to get caught up in decorating your house to the high standards of Santa’s grotto, the hectic Christmas shopping routines and catching the odd relaxing hour in front of the TV with a glass of mulled wine. I’m feeling festive just writing about it!

But it’s important to think about the people who may not be having a very fun Christmas this year. There are many children and babies who will unfortunately be spending the Christmas period in hospital and for them and their families, this can be very hard.

Every year Barnsley Hospital Charity provides all the children visiting the hospital or staying in the hospital over Christmas with a present. Even the newborn babies receive a present which is so important for the families whose babies are spending their first Christmas at hospital. We want to provide each and every child with a home-from-home atmosphere and make them feel as happy and comfortable as possible over the festive period.

You can help us to fill the air Christmas spirit and give the hospital a magical atmosphere for the children and their families by donating this year. Any amount of money you can give is so valuable and will help to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas!

You can donate either online by following a link at the top of this blog, post it to the charity address or alternatively take it into the hospital cashiers yourself.

Everybody deserves to have a special Christmas so let’s forget about the mince pies for a short moment to think about how we can make it a happy, fun-filled day for others this year, it’s sure to fill you with festive cheer too!

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By Tanya Oates

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Delicious-mulled-wineAs Christmas is approaching, everyone here in the office is starting to feel festive,  with the talk of mulled wine, Christmas dinner (in-between work of course) and the odd advent calendar lurking around, coming to work is bound to make you feel Christmassy.

At the end of November we saw many great moustaches appear in our inboxes ready to be displayed on our Facebook page. We have yet to announce a winner and count all the donations raised but we hope to sort this out as soon as possible, so keep a look-out on our Facebook page for those announcements!

Hopefully by next week we will have a new video of the Zombie Run ready from the point of view of a spectator, which will allow you all to experience the zombies whilst sat in front of your computers!

Exciting talk of next years run is already underway and we’re hoping to introduce new obstacles and make it better than ever!

For now we’ve got our Light for Love campaign running through the festive season, it’s a great way to show someone that you care so we really want to encourage you to get involved!

_59497413_mince_pie_thinkstockWe are currently working on the Rainbow Run campaign and coming up with some great promotional ideas to implement around Barnsley in the near future. So keep your eyes out! The event will be a spectacle of colour and live music with participants running a 5 k or 1 k run covered in paint dust!

We hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit by putting your trees and decorations up this weekend, the festive season starts now!

By Ryan Gains

A typical Wednesday at Barnsley Hospital Charity

After working at Barnsley Hospital Charity every Wednesday for a good couple of months now I feel like we have a good idea of what a ‘typical’ day in the life of a charity is like. To be honest I’m not a massive fan of the word ‘typical’, it sounds a little boring and routine.

Most days do start the same, we get to the office, ditch our coats and log onto the computer and wait to see what’s in store for the day. Not long afterwards, our fundraising manager Katie arrives and, after a bit of a gossip, we discuss what we’ll be doing all day. So far we haven’t been disappointed once, nor have we had to make a cup of tea! There’s always an idea to be developed, promotional activities to be implemented or someone to contact, so there’s always something to think about.

Last week saw Ryan parading around the hospital in the Cheerio mascot outfit, helping to cheer up the kids on the children’s wards. He may have received a few odd looks when floating down the hospital escalators but he definitely raised some smiles!

We’ve been involved with the Zombie Run, helping out at the event and attending a de-brief meeting to run through the event, we’ve been out and about around the hospital, putting up posters and giving out flyers to help promote the campaigns and we’ve had the chance to come up with our own ideas and put them into practice.

So if you’ve ever wondered what goes on in the office of a charity, it’s usually quite fun, creative and a laugh, but we do get some work done too! One of the things I have learnt is that it’s really great to work for such a good cause because you know that everything you do will help someone in some way, and that’s a good motivation.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good experience so far. Today we’ve been working on developing some fundraising ideas for the year 2014 – it’s going to be an exciting year but we’ll fill you in on that at a later date!

By Tanya Oates

We’re preparing for the Light for Love event!

Over the Christmas period we’ll be holding the Light for Love campaign. Light for love is a beautiful event that allows people to dedicate a light on the Light for Love tree and to send messages of hope, love and inspiration towards a loved one that has either received or is receiving treatment at the hospital over the festive period. The lights will cover a large oak tree at the front of the hospital for everyone to see and will be illuminated at the end of this week!Light For Love Tree

You can start making your donations and dedicate your messages now and once you’ve made a donation your personal message will be stored in our Light for Love album. We’ve also got some small chrome stars to give out which you can hang on your Christmas tree.

On the 12th of December we’ll be holding a festive event under the illuminated tree where there will be a variety of stalls including; Jolily Handmade with Love who are supplying unique gifts, Jaxon’s Gift who are supplying charismas cards and Honey cupcakes with their own cupcake stall. We’ve also invited Wosborough Brass Band to play some Christmas songs to fill the air with festive spirit and will be having a service at the Hospital Chapel for those who wish to attend.

To dedicate your own message to a loved one you can either come into the hospital where there are Light for Love post boxes and letters to fill out, or you can contact the charity to dedicate your message.

The event aims to bring together the local community of Barnsley to offer comfort, support and to celebrate loved ones. The event will have a festive atmosphere, bringing happiness to everyone involved, whilst providing funds to necessary services around the hospital for the patients.

We can’t wait to see everyone there and join in with the festive spirit!

By Ryan and Tanya

Movember at Barnsley Hospital Charity is in its second week!

Chierio MoustacheIn order to raise funds for the cancer services at Barnsley Hospital, five members of the public, ten staff members and Dearne FM’s Joe Sentence have already applied for a “Mo pack” which  includes; a sponsorship form, competition rules and some moustache Inspiration (Moustache-Peration) to get the imagination going.

To apply all you need to do is message us on our Facebook page or visit the Barnsley Hospital Charity Website!

The campaign will take place over the month of November, with participants growing their Mo to win three prizes (one for each category); bushiest moustache, most exotic moustache and best looking moustache. At the end of the month participants will upload a picture of their much cherished moustaches to the Barnsley Hospital Charity Facebook page.

Everyone will be able to vote for their favourite moustache by hitting the like button corresponding to the picture. The picture in each category with the most likes will win a prize. The topic will be made easily accessible with the use of the hash tag #bhcmovember either on Twitter or Facebook, so people can view all the posts in one place and even join in with the conversation themselves.

So let your moustaches flourish and raise some money for the cancer services!

By Ryan Gains

People of Barnsley ran for their lives at the Zombie Run!

If you’re from the Barnsley area, you may have heard about the Zombie Run that took place at Wosborough Mill in October. Barnsley Hospital Charity invited the zombies to town as a new and exciting way of raising funds for the hospital.
The event took place on the 19th October and members of the public were able to sign up to be zombies, runners or volunteers. It may not sound like your usual charity fundraising event, but with over 1000 people getting involved in total, it really was the most anticipated event of the year for Barnsley!
Professional make-up artists were on hand to produce some really terrifying looking zombies whilst our dedicated runners were quite literally sprinting for their lives. All in all, the event raised almost £20,000, pretty impressive for its first year!
Runners were given a belt with three lives attached and if they were lucky enough to keep at least one life, then they’d survived the course. The 5k run was made up of various obstacles for the runners to overcome and sadly, there wasn’t much help for the infected at the end of the race!
The price for taking part for the runners, varied from £22 to £30 (depending on when they registered) and there was a £15 student offer available too. All the funds raised from the event support the work of the Barnsley Hospital Charity who make a real difference in providing specialist care and support for the local hospital.
Since Zombie Run Barnsley was such a success, it’s going to to be turned into an annual event. Next year’s event already has plans to be even scarier and more difficult than the previous, so you really should watch this space!
But for now, here’s a few photos to keep your grusome side going!
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By Tanya Oates

Welcome to Barnsley Hospital Charity

Welcome to the Barnsley Hospital Charity blog. Here at the charity, we raise funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research, enhancing the lives of thousands of local patients every year.

Our names are Ryan and Tanya and we’re volunteers at Barnsley Hospital Charity.

Throughout the year, Barnsley Hospital Charity have held some really interesting fundraising events, including:

  • Zombie Run – a fun-filled action 5k run where the aim was to stay alive! Held in Wosborough Mill Park on October 19th, over 500 runners had to run for their lives and overcome obstacles all whilst being chased by terrifying zombies!
  • Movember – this ‘grow-you-mo’ month is currently taking place around the hospital and has attracted external attention from organisations around Barnsley.

We’re going to be blogging to spread the word about the good work Barnsley Hospital Charity provide and to keep you updated on the all the exciting upcoming events!