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Santa's Stocking Surprise

Santa’s stocking surprise - Who needs Rudolph when you have a dog like Yogi?

One of the wonderful things about Christmas is that it gives people a reason to be extra generous. Our Kissing it Better volunteers give their time and talents all year round to bring music, manicures and massages, and a huge range of other activities, to patients and their visitors. But, at this time of year , they wanted to do something special.

At The Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Santa’s little helpers have been particularly busy. For the last few weeks we’ve been raising money to buy Christmas treats for elderly patients. We wanted to make sure that every patient on the elderly care wards had a Christmas stocking of their own to open.

We’ve baked and given away our own cupcakes and mince pies to raise funds – including some very special ones donated by Lyn and Jen of Heavenly cakes in Letchworth.

We are also very grateful to Adem Fehmi and his Pets as Therapy dog Yogi who not only regularly visit the ward to lift patients spirits, they have also raised hundreds of pounds for Kissing it Better over the past twelve months to support our work, including this project for Christmas.You can support Adem’s fundraising activities at

Over last weekend, my daughters and me, under Santa's strict guidance, packed more than 50 stocking containing, amongst other things, chocolates, hand cream and pens from the hospital, and a voucher for a complimentary manicure from the North Hertfordshire College Beauty department. The final treat was a voucher from Vinci’s who run the hospital car parks, offering two hours free parking for visitors of patients on Barley or Pirton Wards on Christmas Day or Boxing Day! I did keep one back for Santa in case he needs somewhere to park his sleigh!

No one wants to be parted from their loved ones at Christmas but, hopefully, these little treats will remind our elderly patients, several of whom do not get many visitors, how much we all care.

Maybe you have some ideas of your own about how to raise money to support our work. If so, please get in touch via this website or email us at

If you'd like to know more about our Christmas Campaign, go to our website where you can read about our Tips for how to lift the spirits of someone in hospital at Christmas. You can also download our Christmas song, Hope finds a Way, on ITunes.

Happy Christmas


Liz Pryor

Liz Pryor

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