All the Christmas colours of the rainbow

December 1, 2020

Despite the global pandemic, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (GCHC) is pulling out the stops to make Christmas ‘magical’ for its young patients.

GP Plantscape has supplied a rainbow themed, 15ft artificial Christmas tree, taking centre stage in the hospital reception to celebrate the work of NHS staff.

As part of a Christmas fundraising campaign, the charity is inviting supporters to sponsor a rainbow (bauble) which will be hung on the tree.

Each sponsor will also receive their own individual rainbow bauble through the post.

Asiyah Ahmad, senior hospital executive, GCHC, said: “The rainbow has been adopted as a symbol of hope and a symbol for key workers, and we wanted to celebrate and say thank you to our NHS heroes this year.

“Everyone who sponsors a rainbow will receive their own rainbow decoration, which will take pride of place on their own Christmas trees for years to come, reminding them of our amazing NHS.

“Although Christmas will be different this year, we’re continuing to fund a full festive play programme to make sure that children in hospital can still experience the magic of Christmas.”

Patients will be supported through arts and crafts activities to decorate their own rooms, virtual parties and quizzes will feature. Although Santa cannot visit in person, he will be making a virtual appearance to reassure children he will still be delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

Like many charities in 2020, fundraising income for the hospital charity has been significantly impacted because of Coivid-19 restrictions. Despite the challenges the team are keen to celebrate Christmas, having worked tirelessly to continue providing support to patients, families and staff.

A Covid-19 emergency fund appeal attracted generous support from the public to allow the provision of financial, logistical and emotional support, keeping families connected and to fund play resources and the Play Team to ensure young patients can have fun and interaction when isolated from their families.

To find out more about Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity or to make a donation visit www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org.

For more information on GP Plantscape’s Christmas tree service please visit https://www.gpplantscape.com/services/christmas/ or give us a call on 0808 100 3120.