7 December 2023

The National ‘Elf Service Day

NHS staff smiling at the camera dressed as elves for the National 'Elf Service

Do you want to be on Santa’s nice list this year?

Why not treat your ‘elf to some festive fun and sign up to take part in The National ‘Elf Service Day this December?

It’s as easy as one, two, tree…

  1. sign up
  2. tell your friends
  3. grab an elf costume or your most festive Christmas jumper and make a donation

We’ll also send you an awesome National ‘Elf Service Day pack, including top tips for how to make the most of your fundraising, posters to let people know about the day, a fun game to play with friends, family or colleagues, and a guide to helping you find your inner ‘elf where you can create your own elf name!

Thank you for helping us bring some elf magic to NHS Lothian patients, visitors and staff. From decorating wards with tinsel and trees and surprise presents from ‘Santa’ to festive music and fun activities to help spread some festive cheer, the money you raise helps create some happy memories across NHS Lothian hospitals and communities for patients who are too unwell to go home.

We have a party on Christmas Day, that anyone in the family can come to – so they can spend some precious time together, and not be apart from each other for the whole of Christmas. And we get some small gifts, some for the mums – to make them feel special – and some for the babies – so the mums have something to give their little one on their first Christmas and don’t have the pressure of having to find something themselves.

“Something as simple of as a face pack, or a nice hand cream can put a smile on a mum’s face at a time when she really needs it.”

Tricia Breslin, St John’s Mental Health Mother and Baby Unit in Livingston

You can help nurses like Tricia bring joy to patients at difficult times. Sign up below to take part and we’ll keep in touch about how to make the most of your day so you can have your ‘elf a merry little Christmas.

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Find out how generous donations from our supporters have helped to make Christmas special for patients and families: