As temperatures plummeted, and the skies above Harrogate turned dark grey, ubu created a warmth and sparkling atmosphere as day 9 of the Christmas festivities brightened up the dismal day. With the energetic couple, Mr and Mrs Elf and Safety, welcoming guests with tropical drinks and hats, the festivities soon got everyone in the mood. Today's party took inspiration from Philippines, with their special lantern-lighting traditions. Spring rolls with a chilli sauce-which were sure to spice things up, and homemade coconut mince pies circulated the room and laughter, smiles and full bellies were soon a guarantee!
Today’s activity which got creativity flowing and people covered in glitter involved decorating lanterns which were to be lit altogether. When instructed all the lanterns where lit up with an LED light which brought a warming glow to people faces. But behind the activity was a greater meaning; the light of the candle was a symbol of the holiday spirit, to remember those who are going through a difficult time.
The lanterns were lit as we learned of today’s two nominated charities. The Louth & District Hospice develops specialist services for people who have progressive incurable diseases, many of whom are in the end stages of their lives. They provide their families and carers with practical support, a listening ear and access to specialist counselling. The Home Support Service provides over 130 hours a month of practical, domestic help to people with progressive incurable diseases.
The second charity of the day is Weirfield Wildlife Hospital, which helps injured animals in Lincolnshire.The hospital was created by Ally Townsend in 1989 when they started with just one aviary in her back garden. Now, with the help of many volunteers and local vets David and Susan Ashcroft, it has expanded to include several aviaries and pens. They provide first aid, primary and secondary care followed by recuperation, rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild.
With the festivities coming to a close, we were able to connect with the people we serve in Lincoln and Louth who nominated the charities of the day. As they joined us for the final sing-a-long ‘Frosty the Snowman’, our fingers and toes were crossed firmly (not only to keep us warm) but in hope a blanket of snow would cover the country and Frosty might come to say hello.
With Day 10 of the festivities continuing tomorrow, check back to see if we’ve had a visit from Frosty (the snowman)!
Don’t forget!! To learn more about the two charities, you can visit their websites http://www.louth-hospice.co.uk/ and http://www.weirfield.co.uk/.