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Bringing the sparkle and shine of Christmas early for our families 

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Sadly for many of the families supported by us, Christmas is a time of sadness rather than joy. Their beloved child has passed away or is too sick to enjoy the festivities and so this magical time becomes tinged with heartbreak and sorrow. Therefore, we like to bring a bit of Christmas magic and sparkle to them earlier than normal. For many, waiting until December to celebrate Christmas is just that little bit too long- therefore we celebrate it in July allowing those with little time left to enjoy the magic before it is too late.

Christmas in July allows families to have fun and spend precious time together, making memories to last a lifetime.

The inspiration for Christmas in July came from our founder Sebastian Gates who sadly lost his battle against childhood cancer on Christmas Eve 2003. His mummy, and our Chief Executive, Jane Gates said “Christmas is a time of celebration and without Sebastian it will never be the same again. Sebastian loved Christmas and we know he would have loved the idea of celebrating Christmas in July so we now want to give other families the opportunity to join us and make memories to last a life-time even if that life is cut cruelly short”

This year, our beach-themed Christmas in July party is being held at The Bluebells on Sunday 29th July for our families, but we want everyone to take part in our Christmas in July celebration and spread a bit of festive cheer throughout the whole month.

You can support our Christmas in July campaign in one of two ways:

Sponsor a child to attend

Just £25 would pay for a seriously-ill child, or their sibling, to attend the party - they can enjoy a range of activities, enjoy food and drink, and receive a special gift from Santa.


Organise your own Christmas themed activity during July? You coud raise funds by:

  • Charging your friends or collleagues for an early Christmas dinner or festive BBQ
  • Organising a raffle with Christmas themed prizes
  • Charging for a dress down day at work – shorts, flip flops and a Santa hat!
  • Organising a Christmas bake sale and perfect your Christmas cake recipe 
  • Hosting a Christmas themed sporting event

In return we can 

  • Support you with fundraising and help with ideas etc.
  • Provide collection tins
  • Provide publicity on our website and social media channels 

To support us in any of the ways mentioned above, please email or call us on 01344 622500

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