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Hope Finds a Way

Separation from loved ones can be very hard at any time and especially when we're feeling poorly. But, although nothing can truly make up for being in hospital during the festive season, there are simple things that can be done to make that experience slightly easier to bear.

So - with help from our own "angelic host" of local volunteers, film-makers, hospitals and care homes - we've put together a series of suggestions to share ideas for making Christmas brighter.

Whether it's gathering together in a dayroom to watch a classic festive television programme, wearing your most festive clothes or bringing in your small child dressed in their nativity costume, there are lots of things you can do that bring a smile.

We've made a list of our tips which you can download here. And, so you can see some of them in action, we've also made our very own Christmas music video!

Our carol, Hope Finds a Way, was written by Warwick vicar Rev Vaughan Roberts with music composed by his son, Jonathan. We would like to think it will bring hope everyone who might have a reason to feel sad or lonely this Christmas.

Remember it is, so often, the little things that make the most difference. At a time of year when hope is the theme, we hope that our simple offering will make a difference, not just to those in hospitals and care homes, but also to their wonderful families, friends and staff who do their best to look after them.

Finally we'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped us put together our video and our tips. They include: singers Lucy Harries, Vicky Meteyard and Sophie Samuda; Ben Robinson and Catherine Elliott-Kemp at ISIS media who made the video; students from Warwick College and Walsall College; the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust; staff and residents at Hylands House and Cedar Lawn care homes in Stratford upon Avon; all our regular volunteers including Maisie our pets as therapy dog who stars as Santa!

Happy Christmas.

Jill Fraser

Jill Fraser

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