Christmas is a wonderful time of year – the colourful decorations; the Christmas tree lit up, well, like a Christmas tree; sneakily eating Santa’s treats the kids left out and leaving him just the crumbs; visiting family near and far; going to Church; watching Christmas films you have seen a million times and eating all those lovely treats you saved for a special occasion. Whatever your family tradition might be it becomes an important part of your enjoyment of Christmas and something you don’t want to miss each year.
Here at Sweaty Mama we want to do something a little different this year and start a new tradition for our Sweaty Mama family. We want to help bring a bit of Christmas joy to people’s lives who may not be as fortunate as we are.
This year we have teemed up with Derian House, a renowned charity throughout the North West who are at the forefront of children’s palliative and respite care, to provide presents for the children who will be under their care this year.
Over the next few weeks we will be bringing the Sweaty Mama Santa Sacks to classes which will be full of children’s wishes. We’d love it if you Mamas could take a gift tag and make a child’s Christmas wish come true. You don’t have to spend a lot of money as we have gifts for £5, £10 and £15 so you can buy one large gift or a couple of smaller ones. Then like one of Santa’s little Elves you can wrap up the present, attach the gift tag and pop it in the sack at your next class.
After we have collected all your presents our Sweaty Mama elves will collect all the sacks together, jump in their sleigh and deliver them ready for Derian House’s annual Christmas party, an event they hold every year and one that the kids look forward to for months.
Derian House provide a wide range of care and support services including Family Support and end of life care, either at home or in Derian House. Families who have a child with a life shortening condition can choose from a range of care and support services to provide them with choices which deliver an approach to care as individual as they are. With a catchment area covering the whole of Lancashire and the South Lakes they are currently supporting more than 300 families who have a child or young adult suffering from a life shortening condition, as well as providing bereavement support for a further 200 families. Derian House provide a service which is so crucial to these children and young people which supports them and their family through the highs and lows of their illness and beyond.
If you can help in anyway please ask your instructor for more details or contact us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sweatymamauk/