It may only be October but at The Donna Louise Hospice for children and young people the countdown to Christmas has already begun.

Tickets for The Donna Louise’s Christmas concert at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, on Thursday 13th December, are already on sale. The Victoria Hall will come alive as five local performers – Rock Choir; Lissy Taylor; Pepper Street performing Arts Choir; Happy Feet Dance School and Stafford Military Wives - entertain guests with a selection of festive, toe-tapping songs and dances.

Some of the young dancers from Happy Feet Dance School joined fundraisers from The Donna Louise at The Victoria Hall on Wednesday (3rd October) to launch this year’s Christmas Countdown, and Santa even popped along to say “hello” too!

Meanwhile, this year’s Christmas Jumper Day will be held on Friday 7th December. For the third year schools, businesses and individuals across the region will dig out their Christmas knits, and make a £2 donation to The Donna Louise. Last year’s event raised almost £30,000 for the children and young people who rely on The Donna Louise.

And finally, for anyone making a start on their Christmas shopping, The Donna Louise’s brand new range of Christmas cards are on sale now. Including designs by children who use the hospice and local artist, Rachel Grant, the selection of cards are available from the hospice in Trentham, and the furniture and electrical shop in Newcastle, and online at www.thedonnalouise.org 

Justine Trumper, Head of Programmes at The Donna Louise, said, “Christmas is a magical time in most households and at The Donna Louise it’s a particularly special time. We’re all getting really excited already and have a whole host of fundraising activities planned before the big day. In our ONE IN A MILLION fundraising year we’re encouraging people to do something to raise money for The Donna Louise. Buying a ticket for our Christmas concert, taking part in our Christmas Jumper Day, or just buying a pack of our Christmas cards, will really make a difference to more than 260 families across Staffordshire and Cheshire who rely on the hospice for a range of care services.”

Tickets for The Donna Louise’s Christmas Concert on Thursday 13th December are available from the Victoria Hall Box Office on 0844 871 7649 or online at www.atgtickets.com/stoke  (fees apply).