A Northamptonshire charity is calling for companies and individuals to sponsor their surprise Christmas hampers so they can bring festive comfort and cheer to adult cancer patients.
For the sixth year in a row, The Lewis Foundation – which provides free gifts and support packs to patients in Northampton, Kettering and Three Shires Hospitals all year round – will be hand delivering hampers as a surprise in the lead up to Christmas.
The sponsored hampers will be gifted to people in their homes and on the wards, and will be packed full of festive treats and essential items from Waitrose.
With each hamper costing £40, The Lewis Foundation’s co-founders Lorraine and Lee Lewis are asking for one-off donations or ongoing sponsorship by 20th November. There are also options for businesses and individuals to donate £5 for a festive gift bag.
“Our Christmas hamper campaign has only ever had one main objective – to bring a smile to adult cancer patients who are going through a difficult time.
“The people that we deliver the Christmas hampers to are always really surprised and can get very emotional. A lot of patients say that they can’t afford the luxuries lots of us take for granted at Christmas, so they are always very grateful and happy to receive the gifts. They can never believe that the hampers are free, and that’s all thanks to the support from the wonderful business community.”
Each hamper contains items such as Christmas puddings, mince pies and Prosecco, and costs £40. Last year Lorraine and Lee, with their small team of volunteers, delivered 121 hampers to hospitals in Northampton and across the Midlands.
“We have given a deadline for sponsorship so that we have enough time to order the items and deliver the hampers. We hope local businesses and individuals get behind us in the same way they always have so that we can make this Christmas extra special for cancer patients in hospitals.”
In return for sponsoring a hamper, local companies get their business logo and a message put on the hamper. Their details will also be shared on social media and on The Lewis Foundation website.