This Christmas local shops are getting behind the Hospital Charity’s Focus fund for local cancer patients by selling hand decorated Angels, with all proceeds helping to provide extra care and specialist equipment in the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre.
Local stores including Waterstones Cheltenham, Curious Café and Hounams will be selling the Angels which will add cheer to homes over the festive season, and generate vital funds to help local people fighting cancer.
The Angels have for many years brightened up the Oncology Centre, thanks to local artist Jaynie Tricker who has worked with cancer patients and carers in the Centre itself to give those waiting between treatments a creative and absorbing diversion through paper sculpture workshops.
This year Jaynie has been working with a team of volunteers who are determined to make a difference for local cancer patients by devoting their time and skills to make and decorate the angels by hand.
Each unique angel is made with loving care using materials ranging from books donated by Waterstones to sheet music and gift paper, and will make an ideal gift for Christmas.
The Angels are present throughout Waterstones, with a stunning mobile display in their stairwell catching the eye of customers as they enter the store.
Speaking about Waterstone’s involvement in the project, Joanna Hobbs, Manager at the Cheltenham branch said: “When we heard about the Angels Appeal we really wanted to support it. The angels look beautiful and we have a display to light up our store over the Christmas Sales period. I’m sure our customers will love them, and will enjoy being able to give direct support to the Oncology team’s incredible work for local cancer patients.”
Gloucestershire University students are also supporting the appeal, with each student on the illustration course working hard to make as many angels as they can to give their support to cancer patients.
Donations to the Oncology Centre’s Focus fund directly benefit cancer patients in many ways, from providing portable devices for continuous pain relief to rise and recline chairs which give comfort to those receiving chemotherapy for long periods. Focus also provides a Cancer Information Centre, where the team provide an invaluable resource for cancer patients, their carers and families.
Richard Smith Head of Fundraising at Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity: “It’s fantastic to see people getting behind the Angels Appeal to support our Focus fund for cancer patients in Gloucestershire Oncology, which is a leading Cancer Centre.
The Oncology team are well known for their dedication, innovation and patient care, and in many ways the care our volunteers are taking to create handmade Angels reflects that. Every angel sold will give direct support to benefit local cancer patients.
We are very grateful to Jaynie Tricker for creating this appeal, to the volunteers and University of Gloucestershire students who are kindly giving their time to the project, and to Waterstones and the many shops who are supporting the appeal.”
The charity suggests a minimum donation of £3 for each Angel, or £5 for a gift bag with two Angels. If you would like to find out more about the Focus fund and their Angel appeal, you can get in touch with Richard Smith, Head of Fundraising, on 0300 422 3231 email@example.com or visit www.glos.nhs.uk/charity
Cheltenham Waterstones have a special shopping evening from 6pm on Thursday 8th December which will feature Jaynie Tricker and volunteers holding a live Angel making session. Waterstones will also have authors at the event including Cotswolds based fiction writer Penny Parkes and Neela Mann the author of Cheltenham in the Great War.
Based at Cheltenham General Hospital, the Gloucestershire Oncology team’s cancer services reach a population of 1 million people, not just in Gloucestershire but also through clinics in surrounding counties.
Focus is part of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, which enables people to directly support any ward or area at our local hospitals. The funds raised make a real difference for patients, their families and the staff who treat them, enabling the charity to invest in projects that make the hospitals better for everyone.
Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity’s aim is to create a comfortable and positive environment for all of our patients and staff, investing in improvements to our buildings, in state of the art equipment and extra care over and above that provided by the NHS.