Festive Competition As we’re all looking for ways to get out and about and find some festive cheer in a responsible, safe and socially distanced way, why not organise a festive fundraising competition in your village or community and give your neighbours an excuse to get outdoors, have fun and raise some much-needed money for Katharine House. By organising a festive competition you will give everyone something fun to take part in, get some friendly rivalry going, enhance your village/community’s sense of togetherness and help raise vital funds to support people in your community living with life-limiting illnesses this Christmas. You could even add an end-of-competition outdoor event on the village green with hot chocolate, mulled wine, and a bit of festive music. Here are some ideas for you: Christmas lights Christmas bake off Christmas wreath off Santa scarecrow competition Christmas lights Enlist houses in the village/community to dress their houses in Christmas lights. Each house pays a registration fee and is added to a route around the village/community. During a specified week, your community is encouraged to go out and see the houses and place a donation in the box at the house that they think has the best lighting display. The house with the most donations at the end of the competition wins a prize. Christmas bake off Budding bakers can pay a fee to enter the competition (recipe of your choice or just leave it random). Each baker must make two of their baked delight. Then on the chosen night, a panel of judges walks throughout the village and samples each baked goodie. You can pick a number of categories and have more than one prize, perhaps even including prizes for younger competitors as well as categories, such as best bake, most worthy of a Hollywood handshake, and best decoration. As well as the bake off, you could hold a recipe book swap and perhaps even a Christmas quiz online via Zoom or another online meeting platform. At the end of the night the second baked good could be auctioned via your communities social media group, and delivered by hand, within the village. Christmas wreath off Recruit households to make a Christmas wreath to place on their front doors. You could charge an entry fee for this. You could encourage everyone to come out on a specific night or weekend and add donations for the favoured wreath. The winning wreath (or wreaths) win a prize. Santa Scarecrow competition This would run much like its autumn counterpart only the scarecrows would need to be Santa themed. Recruit households to take part and make their Christmas Santa, placing them in their gardens so they’re visible from the footpath. You could encourage everyone to come out on a specific night or weekend and add donations for their favourite Santa Scarecrow. The winning entry gets a prize. Promoting your festive competition You can use social media to promote your event and encourage photos, comments and feedback. Depending on how many entrants you have, you could have a first, second and third prize with the prizes supplied by local businesses. And don't forget to share and tag your photos with us using #XmasCompetition #KatharineHouse. We always enjoy seeing what you're up to with your fundraising efforts for Katharine House. How to donate your Festive Competition fundraising We suggest that you collect all donations and submit the whole lot together in one go using the 'Other' field below. If you have raised a cash collection, please pay the money into your bank account and then make the donation using the 'other' field below. Alternatively, you can pay by credit or debit card over the phone. Call us on 01295 816484. Please select a donation amount (required) £5 [single] could contribute to providing nutritious freshly cooked meals for a patient staying in the hospice over Christmas. £10 [single] could contribute to training volunteers to provide bereavement support to anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one. £15 [single] could contribute to providing telephone support and comfort from our team of dedicated nurses for families caring for a loved one at home. £20 [single] could contribute to helping provide specialist end-of-life care in our Inpatient Unit over the festive period. £5 [dd] each month could contribute to providing nutritious freshly cooked meals for a patient staying in the hospice. £10 [dd] each month could contribute to training volunteers to provide bereavement support to anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one. £15 [dd] could contribute to providing telephone support and comfort from our team of dedicated nurses for families caring for a loved one at home. £20 [dd] each month could contribute to helping provide specialist end-of-life care in our Inpatient Unit. Other Set up a regular payment Donate Your fundraising matters Local families are facing their last Christmas with loved ones with a life-limiting illness. By donating to Katharine House, you can help them receive compassionate, individualised care and support so they can make the most of the time they have left together. “Memories can still be made even in the saddest of times. Katharine House enabled this, and the staff were incredible and offered support in every way.” Jane, patient relative Our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and support staff desperately want to make every moment matter for people in our community, helping them continue living life after loss, acknowledging difficult times, and remembering happy times too. Your fundraising will contribute to our Christmas Appeal to raise the £65,000 we need to provide care over the festive period. Thank you. Other 12 Days of Christmas events that might interest you Charity shop challenge: challenge your friends and family to find the best item possible for £3 online at the Katharine House eBay shop or charity shops (when they open again post lockdown). Festive jumper day: don your festive jumper on 11 December and get into the festive spirit. Keep in touch with what else is going on at Katharine House by signing up to our monthly digital newsletter. Booking for this event has now closed.