10 months ago on the 21/12/2012 the unthinkable happened and we lost Dad to bowel cancer. Dad spent the last two weeks of his life at Birmingham St. Mary's Hospice in Selly Oak. During his time there, everyone involved at St. Mary's gave him and us as a family an outstanding level of care and attention. His medical needs were consistently reviewed and met by highly qualified, trained and compassionate doctors and nurses. Visiting times were not restricted in any way, we could visit anytime and and stay as long as we wanted. Nothing was too much trouble. In the last few days we were offered a private self contained flat where we could stay with Dad 24 hours and medical care and attention was stepped up even further.

Furthermore, family and friends are offered short and long term care and support through their bereavement.

Birmingham St.Mary's Hospice relies on the support of donations in order to provide it's services to over 1,000 people and families living with terminal illnesses.

For the next two months, until the 1st Anniversary of my Dad's passing, I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for St. Mary's in honour and memory of my lovely Dad.

As celebrating Chrismas in the traditional way would be too difficult this year, I am giving up the tradition of giving and receiving presents for Christmas and donating the money I would normally spend on Christmas presents to St. Mary's instead. I am asking my family and friends who intended to buy me a Christmas gift this year to instead make a small donation to St. Mary's.

Your help to raise funds for the much needed and valuable work offered by Birmingham St. Mary's Hospice will be very much appreciated and your donation will make a real difference to local families coping with the challenge of terminal illness.

£8.20 pays to run the hospice vehicles for a day, these are used to transport patients to ensure they can attend their therapy sessions and travel to and from the Day Hospice.

£12.50 is the monthly cost to provide a nurse with a mobile phone to enable them to make vital calls to patients and other Doctors and Nurses.

£65 will provide a nurse with a uniform.

£140 pays for a Community nurse to visit a patient at home.

£294 pays for a patient to spend the day in our Day Hospice facility.

£685 pays for a day’s palliative care from doctors and nurses in the in-patient unit.

£1,824 pays for a patient to receive 'Hospice at Home' end of life care.

Merry Christmas and lots of love to you all.

Thank you x