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Give us time

Pauline and her daughter Ruby are just one of the many families CHAS supports - not just at Christmas, but every day of the year.

However, as you read this, for every family like Pauline that CHAS supports, there are two others in Scotland who we can't reach.

They will be struggling through Christmas, wondering if it will be their last with their child.

CHAS needs your help to reach those families.

Ruby - CHAS Christmas Appeal 2018

Ruby's Story - 'Please let her live.. please give her time.. give us time'

Pauline's nine-year-old daughter Ruby has an undiagnosed neuromuscular disorder which means she cannot walk or speak, and relies on oxygen and feeding tubes.

Pauline says: "We weren't expecting any problems when I was pregnant, but when Ruby was born we realised quite quickly that something was wrong.

"My prayers for Ruby's recovery changed from 'please let her be OK' to 'please God let her live, please give her time, give us time'. The silliest things would go through my head. I was so scared she would never see the sun, smell a flower or hear the sea."

Thankfully, after a series of operations to help her breathing, Pauline was able to leave hospital with Ruby.

"Christmas has always been my favourite time of year, and I was desperate for Ruby to experience some of the magic and wonder of Christmas," says Pauline.

"The CHAS team really understood how important it was to make it extra special for Ruby. In the beginning, I thought every Christmas would be Ruby's last, but now I'm a little more optimistic. CHAS has helped put the sparkle and joy back into our Christmas."

How to help CHAS

  1. Pick a fundraising level below and set your team a target
  2. Pledge your support by getting in touch - details below
  3. Get fundraising!

We'll give you all the support you need to sprinkle festive joy across your office. Your logo will be proudly displayed on a decoration and hung on one of our Christmas trees at your chosen CHAS location.

With the support of you and your team we can reach more families this Christmas and when you open your gifts on Christmas morning, know that you will have given a gift to a family that is priceless.

Fundraising levels


  • up to £2,000 could pay for a housekeeper for the month of December to prepare bedrooms for new families during their stay at our hospices
  • up to £4,000 could pay for a Child and Family Worker for the month of December who can work with new families to ensure that they are being supported in the best way possible
  • up to £6,000 could pay for a Pharmacist during the month of December to ensure that our new families are prescribed the correct medicine to alleviate the symptoms of their child's condition
  • up to £8,000 could pay for all our Christmas parties to ensure our new families are welcomed to CHAS and given the opportunity to enjoy themselves safe in knowledge there is a specialist team to look after their child
  • raise £12,750 to pay for a whole day of care for every family supported by CHAS in Scotland during December

Ready to help CHAS?

Get in touch with Criona Knight, Corporate Partnerships Manager and she'll take you through the next steps.

Email crionaknight@chas.org.uk or call 0131 444 3291

If you want to talk to someone about your own situation or find out more about our services, please get in touch: