Rainbows launches Gifts that Give

Rainbows has launched Gifts that Give – a virtual gift that gives twice.

People in the East Midlands can help to raise a smile at Rainbows this Christmas by supporting our brand new appeal. Instead of traditional Christmas presents, Gifts that Give are a collection of alternative gifts like music therapy, hydrotherapy or a special trip out for children, young people and their families who use our hospice. People select a gift online and we make the memories, it’s that simple. The purchaser will receive a personalised tree gift tag to give to the recipient as well as a certificate.

Gill Smitherman, Donor Development Manager at Rainbows, said: “Sometimes it is really hard to think of gift ideas, especially for that person who has everything. With our Gifts that Give, your choice is easy. “Rainbows is here for children and young people who’ll live short lives. We provide a place for them to play, laugh and receive the best care possible. Along the way we support mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents – because life-limiting illnesses affect the whole family.

“The money raised through Gifts that Give will help to fund the care and support that Rainbows provides. And you, and the recipient, can feel proud knowing you have helped a child, young person or their family going through the most difficult of times.”

Gifts that Give start at £5 for a ‘Secret Santa’ present. £15 would fund a ‘Gift of Art’, therapy that gives children and their siblings the opportunity to have fun and express themselves, no matter what their disability. For £35, people can buy ‘Make a Splash’, a session in our Hydrotherapy Pool, providing a chance for children and young people to move their bodies freely and experience different sensations, even those who rely on a ventilator and have limited mobility. A ‘Gift of Music’, therapy which is invaluable for those with communication difficulties, costs £50 as does a ‘Gift of Care’, which goes towards funding our specialist team for a day. For £75, people can purchase a ‘Gift of Compassion’, which delivers an hour of support for all of the family when they need us the most.

Gill added: “We always appreciate your generous donations of toys at Christmastime but the complex needs of some of our children and young people means they sadly can’t play with them. By buying one of our Gifts that Give instead, you will be supporting our full range of care for everyone who uses Rainbows, helping to make precious, everlasting memories.”

To find out more about Gifts that Give, visit www.rainbows.co.uk/giftsthatgive or contact Gill Smitherman on 01509 638058 or [email protected]