Merry Christmas to all our supporters

Rainbows would like to wish all its supporters a very merry Christmas. Thankyou to everybody that has helped fundraise for us throughout 2012 in such tough economic times. We hope you like our video we have put together for you..

If you would like to support the children and young people at Rainbows this Christmas, then please click visit our JustGiving page. Thankyou and happy Christmas


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Holland & Barrett has handed over a cheque for £95,000 to Rainbows Children’s Hospice – the largest single amount the charity has received from a corporate event.

The health food retailer hosted a charity golf and ball which was supported by staff, suppliers and brand ambassadors Gethin Jones and Martin Corry. In addition Leicester Tigers players Ben Kay and Tim Stimpson also attended to show their support.

NBTY Europe (Holland & Barrett’s parent company) Chief Executive Peter Aldis paid a visit to the Leicestershire-based hospice, which serves children and their families living in the East Midlands, to have a look around, meet the children and see what a difference these valuable funds mean.

He said: “It was wonderful to visit the hospice and see the work that goes on to provide these children and young people with valuable support and care. The facility offers much needed respite for families with children suffering from life limiting illnesses but they take this one step further and instead offer a homely environment which enables these young people to enjoy experiences they not otherwise get to participate in.

“I’d like to thank all of our suppliers and staff who came together to make the charity day a huge success. It is the third year we have the event and it goes from strength to strength and to see how the hospice can utilise these funds is inspirational. On our tour around we were shown a special sensory room which works to stimulate the children or relax them, depending on what is needed, and to kit the room out it cost £95,000 so it is rewarding to know that we can contribute to schemes such as this.”

Rainbows Chief Executive Geoff Ellis added: “This is the biggest contribution we have had from a single event organised by a business and we are very grateful as it will enable us to do so much. It costs over £4 million each year just to keep the hospice open and we rely heavily on the support from members of the public and businesses to help us. Holland & Barrett have worked with us for a number of years now and we very much appreciate their support.”

All of Holland & Barrett’s suppliers were invited to attend the event which was held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel. Attendees were able to participate in a golf competition, a clay pigeon shoot or a pampering spa day. The day’s events were followed by an evening ball and auction where prizes donated by suppliers raised much needed funds for Rainbows.

Peter added: “I would like to thank the suppliers that took the time out to attend and support the charity by donating great prizes. It is a great opportunity for me also to meet everyone and I look forward to seeing them and many more new faces at next year’s event.”

NBTY Europe CEO Peter Aldis is pictured with Rainbows clinical nurse specialist Lynne De Melo after taking a cheque for £95,000 to the Hospice as well as some natural jelly beans for the children and staff to enjoy.


Media contact:
Debbie Hughes, PR Manager, NBTY Europe
024 7658 0778
07538 084221


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Rainbows Hospice For Children and Young People is celebrating the festive season by inviting the people of Derbyshire to attend their annual Christmas concerts to be held on Tuesday 6th December, 7.30pm at St James the Greater, Leicester and Tuesday 13th December, 7.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough.

The concerts will comprise of a wonderful selection of traditional and modern music. The St James’ Church concert will be performed by Lancaster Community Choir, Hall Orchard School, Barrow upon Soar and the Rainbow’s staff choir. Featuring soprano, Sarah Stephens. There will be readings by Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland and Ady Dayman, the East Midlands’ favourite gardener and radio show panelist.

Loughborough’s Emmanuel Church service features the De Lisle School Choir, Hall Orchard School, The New Parks Hand Bell Ringers, Grace Dieu Manor School Chapel Choir and the Rainbows Staff Choir. Patricia Brookes, Director of Fundraising for Rainbows and Ady Dayman will be giving readings. The services will be compered by Dave Andrews from BBC Radio Leicester.

Patricia Brookes, Director of Fundraising from Rainbows said ‘We are really looking forward to this event, Christmas is a wonderful time of year and we are expecting a record turnout of people to come and support the children at Rainbows. The school choirs are delightful and I can’t wait to hear them sing at the concerts’.

Mince pies, refreshments and Christmas gifts will be available after the service.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from performers or call fundraising on 0800 952 1133 or visit Seats may be available on the night for people to pay on the door, but purchasing a ticket is recommended.