A Cardiff City Hospice Christmas – Meet Santa and more!
City Hospice (formerly George Thomas Hospice Care) is a charity which cares for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or a life limiting condition. Their aim is to allow people to keep their independence as long as possible – something that is very close to my heart, as I’ve cared for a relative whose last desire was to live in her home as long as possible. The services they provide, which include in-home care as well as running a day centre and help with financial issues are provided to people across Cardiff free of charge – but it costs more than £1 million a year, so they really need your support. Find out more about what they do and how you could support them.
This Christmas you can support City Hospice whilst also celebrating the magic of the festive season and spending time with your family. Rather than spending money on expensive tickets for big businesses, why not consider trying a local fair and supporting the community?
City Hospice – located inside Whitchurch Hospital Grounds – is running a Christmas fair on Sunday 2nd December 2018 from 1pm to 6pm with a tree lighting ceremony at 4pm.
From 1 to 6pm inside the fair there will be stalls selling handmade goods, a tombola and raffle, Christmas songs, games, face painting, food and drink to enjoy and a Santa’s Grotto where children can meet the big man himself! From 4pm there hospice will be lit up after a ceremony to support Light up a Life, which includes a choir.
The Christmas fair costs £1 per adult to enter and 50p for children, whilst a visit to Santa is just £2 per child and adults are free! If you’re just looking to visit the outdoor service and watch the lights being turned on, it’s completely free to attend outdoors.
Christmas Concerts across Cardiff
There will be a variety of events at churches across Cardiff to support City Hospice and help you and your family get into the Christmas Spirit. I think it’s lovely to listen to a choir and have some traditional entertainment before Christmas. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate them either, as they’re focused around music, the spirit of Christmas and the community around us. Click each of the links for full information or to buy tickets in advance, but they’ll also be available on the door.
Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff, 7th December 7:30 – 9:30pm costing £10 per ticket
I’m a big fan of Llandaff Cathedral and can attest to its acoustics, having played here frequently as I attended the church school and played in the band. It’s a beautiful setting! The concert at Llandaff Cathedral will be hosted by Welsh television presenter Arfon Haines Davies and include performances by the Whitchurch High School Choir, Affinity Choir, Cardiff Male Choice and Glenda Clwyd who is a world renowned harpist. It sounds like a great night!
St Mary’s Church, Whitchurch, 5th December 7 – 9pm costing £5 per ticket
St Isan’s Church, Llanishen, 10th December 7 – 9pm costing £5 per ticket
Beulah Church, Rhiwbina, 12th December 6 – 8pm costing £5 per ticket
Performances by local school and adult choirs singing festive songs and carols, with mulled wine and refreshments available.
Ararat Church, Whitchurch, 12th December 7 – 9pm costing £5 per ticket.
Nadolig gyda Hosbis y Ddinas – This concert will be as above, but in Welsh.
I hope that if you’re one of my local readers you can make it to the Christmas fair to see the lighting ceremony or meet Santa on the 2nd December and support City Hospice. William and I are looking forward to visiting – well, I am. I’m not sure if he’s going to cry when he meets Santa this year as he’s a bit sensitive about strangers at the moment, and too young still to really understand why Santa is magic, but we’ll see!