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From time to time you, a family member, relative or friend may not wish to receive a gift to mark an important milestone or celebration; Birthday, Anniversary, wedding etc. Celebrate the day by giving or suggesting a gift to St Columba’s Hospice.

You can celebrate your anniversary, wedding, Christmas or a birthday by asking friends and family to give a donation to St Columba’s Hospice in lieu of gifts. For the person who has everything, what better way to mark an important milestone or event? Not only will you be helping us provide specialist care and support to people in the Hospice and across Edinburgh and the Lothians, you’ll also be supporting the advancement and accessibility of palliative care and end of life care across Scotland and beyond. We would be delighted to receive donations in honour of your special day and we will use them to support families when they need it most.

How to let people know.

The best way to inform your family friends and guests that you will be supporting St Columba’s Hospice depends on the occasion. If it is in lieu of wedding gifts for example, you could include a message on your invitations. Not everyone will choose to make a donation, but, by sharing your preference early on, you can let people know why you’d like to support the Hospice on your special day.

Jenny and Tim decided to give up presents to support the Hospice last year.

They set up a JustGiving page and let their family and friends know they had everything they could possibly need. Instead they asked their loved ones to give to a cause close to both of their hearts.

Jenny said: We’re lucky enough to have wonderful family and friends who are always extremely generous at Christmas, traditionally a time for sharing.  Instead of writing long lists to Santa, we decided to request donations to St Columba’s Hospice so we could share our good fortune with those in need of a wee bit extra love and support. We are so grateful to those who chose to give us a donation and we raised over £200 for the Hospice.”