Festive Fundraising

We've got lots of fun activities and events to help get you in the festive mood and which will raise funds which will help improve care and experience for people using local NHS services. Let's make this year the best yet!

Our festive events and activities are back for 2023! We hope you'll join us over the next few weeks as we go full on festive to help raise funds for people using local NHS services. Thanks for your support!

Virtual Merry Miles - Do It Your Way

Monday 30 October - Sunday 24 December

Challenge yourself to walk or run 5k before Christmas.

Registration is £3 and we ask that you aim to raise at least £30 for MCH Charity

Do it alone or get together with family, friends, or colleagues to run a festive 5k before Christmas Eve. Dress up in your best festive running gear and challenge yourself to a casual winter steady stroll or aim for a fierce festive personal best. Whatever you do make sure you have fun and help us raise funds which will make such a difference to people using local NHS services during this special time of year.

We’ve teamed up with Virtual Santa Dash – The Virtual Santa Dash is brought to you by the Virtual Marathon Series and is a fun 5K run to be done with friends and family or competitively on your own. Take this 5K challenge on anytime between now and the 25th of December. Earn the official Santa Dash Medal and goodie bag. Simply register to the event below and we will give you access to the Virtual Marathon Series runners portal where you can submit your evidence before or on the big day.

Click here to register.


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Merry Milers

Wear It Festive

Join us on Thursday 7 December to show off your festive jumpers, dresses, socks, hats or ties – the more festive the better.

Donate £2 each and send your photos to the Charity Team or post them directly to their Facebook page, @mchcharity.

For clinical members of staff, please ensure you adhere to the uniform policy and follow PPE requirements in line with infection control policies.



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Best Dressed Tree Competition

Do you have a flair for creative festive decoration? Are you the team member who gets everyone into the festive spirit with your ideas and enthusiasm? Our Best Dressed Tree competition is a firm favourite with our NHS staff so we want to share the joy with our local communities and ask you to sign up to compete to have the Best Dressed Tree this December!

We’re looking for trees which celebrate and showcase your team, school, group or business and the work that you do. As 2023 is the 75th anniversary of the NHS we are also looking for trees which celebrate this amazing milestone in British history.

We will celebrate and promote the trees on our social media channels and all entries will receive a certificate of thanks from the charity.

If you would like to add a fundraising element to your creation we can provide collection buckets and will be happy to arrange for a cheque presentation to share the good news with our supporters and yours early in the New Year.

Registration is £10 per tree

To register your interest in entering the Best Dressed Tree Competition email us for an entry form charity@mcht.nhs.uk

Deadline for registration - 4 December
Deadline for entry - 18 December
Winners announced - 19 December


For internal entries from MCHFT and CCICP teams only:

Registration is £5 per tree

Ian Moston CEO will carry out the judging and award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:
• Creativity / innovation
• Best use of resources
• Evidence of team working
• Added value such as patient
involvement, fundraising etc.

The judge’s decision is final. No alternative prizes will be offered.

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best dressed tree

Tree of Lights

Dedicate to a loved one

Send a festive message to a friend, family member or work pal

Remember someone special

Pick a colour of the light, a bauble or present under the tree

Everyone who visits the page will see it and your message.

Add a light to the tree and dedicate a message to someone special.

You can even create your own page to light up your own tree. It's a perfect alternative to sending Christmas cards and can help you feel connected with your employees, colleagues, friends and family.

You can even add a photo or your company logo which appears when you hover over the light and all from the comfort of your own home.

All donations go towards our Christmas campaign and will support people using local NHS services.

Christmas at the Crossroads

Are you a local small business or craft maker that would like to have a stall at Leighton Hospital during the festive period?

Every day we have hundreds of staff, patients and visitors walking through our corridors and we know they would love to be able to buy some of their Christmas presents from you!

Slots are available from 8.30am - 5pm throughout the week, but are very limited so book yours soon before they all go.

£80 for a full day or £40 for half day plus we ask for a donation of a prize for our raffle.

Email us for more information and booking form charity@mcht.nhs.uk



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christmas stall

Give a Gift 2023

We are always so grateful for the many toys and gifts we receive for children who will be in hospital over the festive period.

There will also be many older people who will spend Christmas Day in hospital and who may not get to see any loved ones over the festive period. A small gift from you will enable our staff to make sure that everyone receives a present on Christmas morning.

There are restrictions on what we are able to accept so as a guide please consider theses items:

  • toiletries gift packs (men, women, teenager boys and girls)
  • cosy socks
  • notebooks and pens
  • boxes of chocolates or sweets
  • new toys - all age ranges
  • children's books
  • drawing and craft items
  • board games

To arrange delivery of your gift please email us charity@mcht.nhs.uk

To make it even easier you can simply visit our Amazon Wishlist and choose something to be delivered directly to us. Click here to visit the wishlist page.

Please note you are not able to deliver gifts directly to the children's wards, but we can arrange for a member of the team to meet with you at the hospital to accept them from you.

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