Despite the doom and gloom of this year, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Whilst there are still many restrictions in place everyone seems to be embracing the season earlier this year; decking the halls and putting up Christmas trees. All the outdoor lights certainly bring some cheer.

Children in particular have had a tough time this year but that in no way has dampened their spirits to do something for their own community. Everyone at Strathcarron, staff and patients alike, are incredibly grateful for all their efforts. Last weekend we saw hundreds of Santas and their little Elves taking part in the first virtual Santa Dash to raise funds to pay for Christmas Day at the Hospice. We asked them to raise the daily running cost of £12,900 with a promise their name would be displayed in the Hospice on the day itself. A lot of fun was to be had and collectively, they raised the most incredible amount of over £56,000 so, in reality, they are covering the costs for over 4 days. We are truly amazed by what they have achieved and this helps us to continue providing the specialist care and support the patients so rightly deserve.

Many schools around the area are embracing the Santa Hat challenge and taking part in a range of events to raise funds. The photo above shows our little friends from Carronshore Primary doing their Christmas Conga! We are also very excited to work with other children who are currently making and delivering gifts to people who may be isolated in their own homes at the moment, bringing some much needed joy into their lives.

A special thank you must be made to all the teachers who support their pupils with this type of community engagement. We applaud you and your young people.