Spreading Christmas Smiles


Our Spread Christmas Smiles Campaign is back – with advent calendars for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, a visit from Father Christmas and a Christmas Jumper Day bringing smiles to patients and staff.

Several teams around the BSUH NHS Trust are also holding Christmas raffles over the festive period, all to raise funds for the charity.

The generosity of our supporters again means mince pies will be available for all patients in BSUH hospitals on Christmas Day. In addition, BSUH staff working on December 25th will be able to have a free Christmas meal.

Santa brings smiles to the Alex

There were plenty of excited and smiling children at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital earlier this month when Father Christmas paid a visit. The VIP trip to meet young patients was kindly organised by Brighton Fringe and the team at the Embassy of Finland.

Father Christmas had travelled to Brighton from Lapland and was joined by the Finnish ambassador to the UK, Paivi Luostarinen, and the Mayor of Brighton, Dee Simson.

Santa chatted with several children and their families, and handed out some early Christmas gifts to the delighted children.

Advent calendars donated for children at The Alex

Around 900 advent calendars have been given out to in-patients and out-patients at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital thanks to the generosity of Sussex businesses.

For the second year running, accountants at Reed Accountancy’s Brighton office partnered with us to arrange for the donation to children at the hospital.

They had supported our Spreading Christmas Smiles campaign by asking clients to donate advent calendars to bring festive cheer to the children and their families.

Smiles all round

The co-ordinator of the campaign, Tom Crouch, from Reed Accountancy, says the response was  from their clients across Sussex was staggering:

“All saw this this as a great opportunity for them to show their support for the BSUH Charity and bring some festive joy to children in their local hospital as we get closer to Christmas. Donations ranged from five to a hundred calendars, and there’s a real mix of calendars, including vegan and gluten free options.”

Thanks to the team at Reeds and their clients who donated to advent calendars, to the folk at Brighton Fringe and at the Embassy of Finland for making Father Christmas’s visit possible and, finally, thanks to everyone who took part in our 2018 Christmas Jumper Day.

Find out how you can get involved and help make things better for BSUH patients in 2019.