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22 January 2023

Gold Geese Grotto 2022!

Gold and white cloud with gap in the middle
Flying guess silhouettes
Cool Father Christmas in sunglasses and some elves

Magical Christmas Party for our Gold Families

Christmas can be a particularly tough time for families affected by childhood cancer, whether they’re newly diagnosed, going through treatment, or have lost a child too soon.

Each year we arrange a Christmas get-together for families we support. This year the event took place at café Hatch in Leigh-on-Sea, with special appearances from Santa and his elves, real reindeer, and entertainment from a magician, Spiderman and princesses Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen.

Families enjoyed arts and crafts, a chocolate fountain, delicious food from local catering company My Petite Kitchen, and each family received family games, Jellycat toys and £500 John Lewis vouchers to help cover the cost of Christmas.

We also arranged a special wreath-making workshop at Create98 for families who have lost a child to cancer. The bereaved families made festive decorations personalised to their loved one’s favourite colours, animals and memories.

We support our Gold families every step of the way, and events like our grotto party and wreath-making workshop let them know We Fly Together, and allow them the opportunity to make memories and meet others in a similar situation.

Tickets for our Gold Grotto at Hatch have already sold out, and we want to thank every one of our supporters for helping us provide some magical memories for families facing cancer this Christmas.

This Christmas you can give the gift of a donation to Gold Geese here

  • A donation of £20 could provide toys or comfy new pyjamas for a child with cancer staying in hospital
  • £45 funds an hour’s counselling session for a bereaved family
  • £280 funds a memorial bench for a child who has passed away
  • £400 funds a big end of treatment celebration for friends and family
  • £700 covers the cost of a weekend away for a family to offer respite

You can also donate to Gold Geese via text. Text GOLD followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70580 (for example, GOLD 50 to donate £50). Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.

Thanks so much for your support!