Christies Gets in the Christmas Spirit

Christies Care is getting into the Season of Giving this year with several events in December.

On Friday, December 7th we’re paying for the privilege of donning our wackiest Christmas-themed jumpers, and there may even be a few Elf sightings, as we jointly participate in Elf Day for the Alzheimer’s Society and Woolly Pully Week in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

What is Elf Day?

Unleash your inner elf and help beat dementia this Christmas.

Elf Day is our fabulous festive fundraiser designed to get you in the Christmas spirit whilst raising money to help beat dementia. Unleash your inner elf by dressing up – as much or as little as you like.

Keep it simple with red and green, or jingle all the way with pointy ears and curly shoes. If fancy dress isn’t your thing, why not express yoursELF by baking frosted goodies or playing festive games instead?

Woolly Pully Week

Our festive fundraiser is back and it’s time for you to dig out your favourite Christmas jumper and pop it on for Woolly Pully Week to help raise vital funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.

St Elizabeth Hospice improves life for people living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure. The hospice’s work is centred around an individual’s needs, which means specialist support, wherever it is required, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice.

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Lao Tzu

“As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Charles Dickens

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Winston S. Churchill

Shaunna Barber of the Bookings team and Kate Harvey from the New Client team decided they would each put together a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ throughout December.

The idea is that you add items to a box rather than receive them, and come Christmas Eve the items are distributed to those in need. Item ideas are things such as dry goods, tinned food, non-perishables, women’s toiletries, soaps etc.

They shared the idea with the rest of the Christies Care staff and we now several boxes being added to in each department!

They will be donating our boxes to FIND (families in need and distress) in Ipswich and invite you to create your own ‘Reverse Advent’ box and donate to your local food bank or similar charity.

For nearly 30 years, Families in Need (FIND) Ipswich has offered a lifeline to people in Ipswich and the surrounding areas who are experiencing poverty and despair.

We provide free food parcels and personal care items to help people get through a crisis, as well as furniture, bedding and other household items where the person or family has none.

An army of over 70 volunteers regularly give their time freely to check and sort the donated food, collect items from local stores, make up the food parcels and deliver them. It’s a six-day a week operation.

The demand for food parcels has risen year on year and FIND now distributes an average of 70 parcels every week and even more at Christmas – more than 5000 every year.

We’d love it if our clients and carers got into the spirit of giving too. Let us know what you’ve done and we’ll feature it here.

Want to know more about live-in care or becoming a carer?

We’re extremely proud of the excellent standard of care our carers give to their clients.

This is reflected in our attainment of both an Outstanding rating from the CQC and the Princess Royal Training Award 2017.

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  1. Anonymous Dec 7, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply


  2. Anonymous Dec 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    how nice

  3. George Dec 7, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    This certainly shows true christmas spirit and is something that makes me realise that people really do care a lot about other people

  4. Isabella Dec 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    The Reverse Advent Calendar is such a great idea. Very thoughtful and kind.

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