Brownies create advent calendar for Hospice patients
A York Brownie group has created a wonderful gift for patients at St Leonard’s Hospice this December. 
Posted Dec 07

Brownies create advent calendar for Hospice patients

The 74th York Brownies from Girlguiding North Yorkshire South, based in Haxby, have created a handmade advent calendar for patients at the Hospice to open and enjoy.

The advent calendar consists of 25 hand decorated, white paper bags containing lovely gifts such as chocolates, sweets and toiletries. Each day throughout December, a patient can open a bag to find a surprise gift inside. 

One of the brownie leaders, Emma Chester, explains how the idea came about: “My dad Bernard was admitted to the Hospice a couple of weeks ago. We had the idea of making an advent calendar this year which fitted with our theme this term of ‘Being Kind’. The other Leaders knew about my connection with St Leonard’s so it seemed the obvious choice to donate the calendar to.”

Emma has two daughters, one Brownie and one Guide, who have also helped make the advent bags. It has helped them by feeling they're doing something to help at this difficult time for their family.

Emma says, “For me, being a part of Girlguiding is like having an extended family and I've been sent many 'Guiding hugs' these last few weeks. When I saw the bags put up around the In-patient Unit it felt like we were giving a Guiding hug to the Hospice too. The Brownies enjoyed making the bags and it's taught them that Christmas isn't just about receiving from Santa but about thinking of others. We hope that the patients have some pleasure in knowing that they are being thought about.”