The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity’s Upon a Star Christmas campaign is taking place for the second year.

Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston will once again be lit up with festive stars to raise money for the charity.

The charity is looking for local businesses who want to support their local NHS by sponsoring a star and reaching more than 9,000 staff members who work on United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust sites.

All sponsors will be featured on the charity’s website and promoted via the charity’s social media. So far sponsorship includes Visual Systems Ltd as the headline sponsor, Kinetic Estate Agents, Else Ltd, Gelder’s, JMT, EJ Parker and the New Theatre Royal, which fundraised for their star to be displayed at Lincoln County Hospital this year.

This year the stars have not only been lit up for Christmas, but they were also lit up for Diwali celebrations on Monday 24 October.

There will also be a Christmas tree outside Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital, and Pilgrim Hospital Boston. These trees will be decorated with smaller stars, which staff and the public can sponsor to remember those we have lost. You can sponsor a Christmas tree star on the charity website.

Gary Burr, Charity Fundraiser at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity, said: “It is great to be able to run this campaign again after the success of its launch last year.

“We have expanded the campaign this year by turning the stars on for Diwali celebrations and through smaller stars individuals can sponsor to go on the Christmas trees.

“It is our hope that these stars will once again give our workforce and visitors that added bit of Christmas cheer when they arrive or leave.”

As well as sponsoring a star on a Christmas tree, the public can also get involved through lots of festive fundraising ideas such as holding a Christmas jumper day, a wrapping party or donating unwanted gifts. You can find more ideas and all the legalities in the charity’s fundraising pack.

All donations and money raised will allow United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity to continue to provide additional equipment, services and facilities for our patients, our visitors and our staff across Lincolnshire.

The stars will be turned on for the Christmas period at a switch-on event on Friday 18 November at Lincoln County Hospital.

For more information about fundraising or sponsoring a star please contact Gary Burr, Charity Fundraiser, via [email protected], or you can find out more on the charity website.