Christmas made extra special at St Christopher's Hospice
PUBLISHED: 13:52 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 January 2016
60 staff were provided with a free meal and gifts on Christmas Day, thanks to The Chatterton Arms pub
Staff at St Christopher’s Hospite were provided with a free meal and gifts on Christmas Day as the festive season was made extra special.
Every member of the sixty staff working out of the Sydenham-based hospice on December 25, from nurses and welfare staff to receptionists and orderlies, received a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine to take home with them, courtesy of The Chatterton Arms pub on Chatterton Road.
Staff Nurse Annabel Hale, said: “We had a lot fun working at Christmas – it was a wonderful atmosphere and a privilege to look after the patients on such a special day.
“The free wine and chocolates to take home afterwards were an added bonus.”
The Chatterton Arms has been steadfastly supporting St Christopher’s since 2000, through collections, music events, raffles and much more.
Landlady Tracey Austin said: “We have been putting aside donations all this year so that we could make a difference at St Christopher’s this Christmas; we wanted to recognise staff that work on the day, as well as patients and their families at the hospice.”
Landlord Ray Hemmings added: “Our customers and staff give their time and money generously to support St Christopher’s because it’s such a wonderful organisation which has helped so many people in our local community. We are so pleased to be able to help.”
Community fundraiser, Georgina Grant, said: “The Chatterton Arms has been amazing this year, and we can’t thank them enough for their gifts and sponsorship on Christmas Day.
“I know that the team has already raised £500 since then by selling tickets to win a luxury hamper, which will get 2016 off to a good start.
“It means such a lot to us that a community pub comes together to support and celebrate the work of St Christopher’s.”