Lynda Ward with Heather Hemming from the St Giles Hospice day hospice

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Two new Christmas cards have been created to help raise money for St Giles Hospice. The Whittington-based charity has used its Phoenix service, which supports bereaved young people and patients from the day hospice, to develop the designs. Philippa Graty, from St Giles Hospice, said she hoped people would buy the cards to help raise vital funds. “It’s been absolutely wonderful to see how our patients and members of our Phoenix peer support group have come together to create two very lovely and very different cards,” she said. “We’re urging local organisations to team up and instead of sending individual cards, to share a card and make a donation. “All the money raised will go to supporting families living with potentially incurable illnesses in our community.”
Lynda Ward with Heather Hemming from the St Giles Hospice day hospice
Philippa said working with Lynda Ward, a day hospice patient from Little Aston who painted the fireside-themed card, had been inspirational. “Lynda was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease six years ago and had a brain haemorrhage, resulting in paralysis of her right side just over two years ago,” she said. “Since then, through sheer perseverance and hard work, she has re-trained her brain to use her left hand, teaching herself to write, paint and perform everyday tasks. “Lynda worked with other day hospice patients to agree the subject of the card and then created the painting, her unfaltering determination was inspirational.” For more details on getting the cards call 01543 432538 or email


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