The true meaning of Christmas
CHRISTMAS means different things to different people.
Some love it, others hate it.
Some are jaded by the overwhelming commercialisation and many feel the true meaning has been lost.
Today The Herald launches a Christmas campaign behind which we can all unite and which gives you the chance to share in the true spirit of goodwill.
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We have teamed up with Plymouth's much loved hospice, St Luke's, to raise enough money to pay for a nurse for a year.
It is not just any nurse – Julie Davies is one of the 12 strong community team that provides comfort and care to people in their own homes at the end of their life.
St Luke's does amazing work to offer people palliative care at its facilities in the city. This invaluable work is well known to us all.
But given a choice most of us would want to die in our own homes surrounded by the things and the people we love.
As well as the superb work St Luke's does for inpatients its community team plays a crucial role in helping fulfil this last wish for many.
Now Julie has agreed to front up our campaign and over the coming weeks we will be following her and seeing the incredible work she does.
Last year Julie and the team made 4,000 visits to patients in their homes.
There is no charge to the patients for this service but it costs St Luke's £30,000 a year to keep each nurse on the road doing their essential work.
These are tough times for many of us and there are plenty of demands on stretched household budgets in the run up to the big day.
But The Herald believes St Luke's deserves our support.
Our festive appeal is an opportunity to rise above the clamour and commercialism of Christmas and contribute to an organisation that demonstrates that it really is better to give than to take.
And what better cause than to help Julie and her colleagues bring comfort to those who are facing their last Christmas.