This December, Jigsaw is lighting up 25 Christmas trees in businesses, schools, church halls, museums and cinemas across Cumbria.
Even though we’re based in Carlisle, we are the only children’s hospice in Cumbria and children and young people come to us from every corner of our beautiful county. Families all over Cumbria have been helped by Jigsaw. Like 11-year-old Jack Donohoe and his mum Helen from Cockermouth.
"We'd heard of Jigsaw but I didn't really know what a children's hospice was like and we were a bit nervous about it. I went on a visit and it immediately felt so calm and welcoming, a really caring and nurturing environment. So Jack started going for day care for a couple of years and from age six we started using the overnight care. It gives us comfort knowing that when he's there he's getting nursing support and a relaxed and comfortable sensory time," said Helen. "It is such a great facility and support to have."
In our last ‘normal’ pre-pandemic year, Jigsaw supported 55 children and their families. 64% of those lived outside of Carlisle, either in the rest of Cumbria, or in Lancashire or South West Scotland.
This breaks down as 35% from Carlisle, 16% from Allerdale, 16% from Copeland, 15% from South Lakeland, 5% from Eden and 2% from Barrow, with the final 9% from Lancashire or South West Scotland.
All of the care we give is provided free of charge to those who need it, but that means we have to fund most of the cost ourselves. In total, it costs £450 an hour to run Jigsaw and we have to find the first £350 ourselves.
Now, we need your help. Visit one of the 25 trees across Cumbria and make a donation in person, snap a selfie and share it online.
Can’t make it to one of our trees? Donate online and post a festive selfie with your own decorations.
Use the hashtag #AJigsawChristmas and help us to keep on caring.
With thanks to the Rotary Club of Carlisle who generously donated the trees and Taylor Wimpey who delivered them, plus all the businesses, schools and venues taking part.
Find your local tree using the map below: