David Lloyd Leisure’s Big Give Brings Christmas Cheer to Children’s Hospices

It’s a busy time for Father Christmas – so presenter Jenni Falconer stepped in today, Friday, December 20, to help make some special deliveries to children’s hospices.

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Photo: TV presenter Jenni Falconer hands over gifts to Simon Beresford, of Shooting Star CHASE children's hospice, during the DL Kids Christmas party at David Lloyd Raynes Park.

David Lloyd Leisure’s Big Give appeal is a fantastic way for people to support children’s hospices by donating spare gifts.

(PRWEB UK) 20 December 2013

It’s a busy time for Father Christmas – so presenter Jenni Falconer stepped in today, Friday December 20, to help make some special deliveries to children’s hospices.

Generous members and team members at David Lloyd Leisure clubs across the UK have donated spare Christmas presents to children’s hospices, as part of the company’s Big Give appeal.

The gifts will help children’s hospices support seriously ill children and their families.

The Big Give initiative is part of David Lloyd Leisure’s charity of the year partnership with Together for Short Lives, the leading charity for UK children’s hospices.

Sarah Hobbs, group family manager at David Lloyd Leisure, said: “At Christmas, we can sometimes take the time we spend with our families for granted. But many seriously ill children and their families will be spending the festive period at a children’s hospice this year, when they would love to be celebrating Christmas together at home.

“Families are at the heart of our Big Give appeal and we are so grateful that our kind-hearted members and team members at David Lloyd Leisure have donated gifts to support children’s hospices this Christmas. And thank you to the lovely Jenni Falconer for taking time out of her busy schedule to help deliver the presents.”

Jenni, who has a daughter Ella, two, and is best known for her presenting roles on BBC1’s National Lottery Draws and ITV’s This Morning, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to support David Lloyd Leisure’s Big Give appeal, which will help the vital work carried out by children’s hospices all over the country, all year round.”

Stephen Ballantyne, director of fundraising for Together for Short Lives, said: ”David Lloyd Leisure’s Big Give appeal is a fantastic way for people to support children’s hospices by donating spare gifts. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Big Give – this will help to support children with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Media enquiries:

David Lloyd Leisure
David Lloyd Leisure press office | 01707 289833/4 | press (at) davidlloyd (dot) co (dot) uk

Together for Short Lives
Catherine Evans| 0117 989 7830 | catherine (dot) evans (at) togetherforshortlives (dot) co (dot) uk

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 81 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe. It has over 440,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800, while it contracts the services of more than 400 tennis professionals. Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis. Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 racquets as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free Internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

About Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is the leading charity for UK children’s palliative care. We support those who help, love and care for children and young people who are unlikely to reach adulthood. We work with children’s hospices and a range of other services across the country to ensure that every child, young person and their family has the best possible care and support whenever and wherever they need it. From the moment of diagnosis, for whatever life holds, we help to ensure families make the most of their precious time together.

Website: http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk
Twitter: @Tog4ShortLives
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