Santa brings cheer to Rotherham Hospice families

December may be a very busy time for Santa Claus, yet he always makes time to bring some Christmas cheer to Rotherham Hospice.

Santa has been a supporter of Rotherham Hospice since before the hospice was even built 27 years ago. For Santa, knowing he can spread a little Christmas magic during what can be a difficult time of year is what the holiday spirit is all about.

Santa usually makes two special trips each Christmas – one to visit their Sunbeams children, and one to the Rotherham Hospice Christmas fair to meet all the good little boys and girls.

Sunbeams is Rotherham’s only bereavement support group specifically for children and teens. It’s a safe place to come together with others who understand what the children are going through, whether that’s losing a loved one or seeing them being cared for at Rotherham Hospice.

Through activities and talking, the hospice team help children cope with their grief and remember their loved one in a positive way.

Nine-year-old Luke* attended Sunbeams when he lost his grandad. After his eight sessions, Luke’s mum said that he was much calmer and talking about his feelings a lot more, which was something he’d struggled with before. At Christmas, Luke went along to the Sunbeams craft evening to make cards and keepsakes to put on the family Christmas tree in memory of his grandad.

As with all Rotherham Hospice services, Sunbeams relies on the generosity of their kind supporters to keep going.

This December, you are invited to the Rotherham Hospice Christmas Fair which will help boost festive funds for the hospice. Kindly sponsored by Henry Boot Construction, the fair takes place on Sunday 3rd December at Wickersley Old Village Cricket Club on Northfield Lane.

Between 12pm and 4pm, there will be lots of fun, food, gifts and games galore. Book your children a slot to see Santa in his grotto where they can do Christmassy crafts at the Elf Station, write their wish list, enjoy a snack and drink, and receive a gift and photo with Santa.

Or why not take part in the Santa Dash? The festive fun run event is back for 2023, so get your Santa outfit at the ready. It costs £5 to enter, plus any sponsorship you can raise.

Book your visit to Santa’s Grotto and find out more about the Christmas Fair and Santa Dash online.