A Welwyn Garden City-based charity has launched its 'Care At Christmas' campaign with the aim of raising more than £100,000.

Isabel Hospice is committed to raising the significant sum of £120,000 by the end of the festive season.

The money raised will be crucial for helping fund Isabel Hospice’s indispensable services, providing support and care to people in eastern Hertfordshire affected by life-limiting illness.

Seasonal events, raffles, and activities have been orchestrated to get the community involved and hit this fundraising target.

Katy O’Sullivan, head of fundraising at Isabel Hospice, said: "The Care At Christmas campaign is hoping to engage the amazing community spirit and the boundless compassion that thrives in eastern Hertfordshire.

Through these engaging events and services, we are hopeful to not only reach but possibly exceed our fundraising goal, ensuring that our essential hospice services remain accessible to those in need.‚ÄĚ

The campaign kickstarts with 'Christmas at the Manor' on November 15 at Manor of Groves, featuring an indoor Christmas market brimming with unique gifts, fashion, jewellery, and Christmas cards to invoke the holiday spirit early on.

As Christmas nears, the community is invited to 'Carols in the Chapel' on December 19 at Haileybury School’s Chapel, where the dulcet tones of members of the Ware Choral Society will resound through the hall, ushering in a reflective and celebratory atmosphere.

The five 'Lights of Love' services, spread across different venues in eastern Hertfordshire throughout December, offer a tender-hearted occasion for families to honour and reminisce about loved ones who have passed on, celebrating the eternal bond of love and memories.

A 'Winter Raffle' is poised to kindle excitement with substantial cash prizes reaching up to £2,000, presenting a chance for supporters to bolster their holiday budget while aiding a noble cause.

On December 20, the playful 'Christmas Jumper Day' encourages participants to don their most eccentric Christmas sweaters for a minimum donation of £2, fusing fun and fundraising in a workplace or school environment.

Post-holiday, the hospice’s 'Treecycle' initiative running from January 5 to January 10, where for a modest suggested donation, Isabel Hospice will collect and responsibly recycle Christmas trees from residences.

Individuals inclined towards a direct contribution can opt for a 'Gift For Good', where a cash donation could help provide Christmas comforts such as a warm Christmas dinner for a patient and their family in the hospice’s in-patient unit.

Discover more about the Care At Christmas campaign and how you can participate or contribute by visiting isabelhospice.org.uk/CareAtChristmas.