7 December 2023

The National ‘Elf Service Day

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

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to everyone who participated in The National ‘Elf Service Day this December! Your enthusiasm and support helped spread festive cheer throughout NHS Lothian hospitals and communities, making a difference in patients’ lives during the holiday season.

If you haven’t yet submitted your fundraising donations, you still have time! To make your donation, please:

  1. Add any offline donations you have received to your JustGiving fundraising page. The donations from JustGiving will come to us automatically.
  2. Donate using our online donation form and in the free text box tell us this is from your National ‘Elf Service Day.
  3. Donate by Bank Transfer (BACS). If you have carried out a collection, fundraising event or want to give your gift by bank transfer, please contact us. We’ll provide you with our bank details and any other information you need.

Although this year’s event has concluded, you can gear up for next year’s festivities by signing up for updates on the 2024 event. Get ready to embrace your inner ‘elf, don your most festive attire, and join us in making a difference during the holiday season. Stay tuned for updates and details on how to register for The National ‘Elf Service Day 2024.

Your involvement helps create moments of happiness, from ward decorations and surprise gifts to heartwarming Christmas celebrations. Thank you for helping us bring some elf magic to NHS Lothian patients, visitors and staff.

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. Fill in the form below to be kept up to date with details of our 2024 event.

The National ‘Elf Service Day 2024

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