Christmas has come early for our Hospice Heroes appeal.
In just 10 days our funds for Trinity Hospice and Brian House have been boosted by donations totalling £5,000 by existing supporters of the hospices.
And the first £12,000 to be donated to Trinity’s Christmas Appeal, which will come directly to The Gazette’s campaign, is to be doubled by an anonymous benefactor.
The Christmas Appeal has seen letters sent out to known supporters of Trinity and Brian House, asking for a little extra help for the festive season.
Fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “Letters asking for donations at Christmas went out in the post about 10 days ago, and the response has been fantastic.
“The fact that the first £12,000 will be matched by our Secret Santa makes giving a gift even more significant.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has sent a donation.”
Each letter contains a small Christmas stocking card, which supporters have been asked to return with a message for the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
Linzi said staff had been overwhelmed by the number of messages they had received for both staff and in memory of loved ones who they had cared for.
They are being displayed around the hospice.
Linzi added: “It has been very touching to read what people have written.
“Many are saying thanks to our nurses for taking good care of their loved ones, many send Christmas wishes to all our staff and volunteers in Trinity and Brian House and are asking them to ‘keep up the good work’.
“One, addressed to all staff and volunteers, simply says, ‘Thanks is not enough for the endless work you do’.
“Reading the messages has been really encouraging and makes us realise how vital the Hospice Heroes Appeal is.
“The hospice is such an important part of the community and money raised will help transform our facilities to ensure patient care, dignity and comfort for years to come.”
Our appeal aims to raise £200,000, which will be put together with a government grant of £280,00 to pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s 28-year history.
The work is being carried out by Blackpool building contractor RP Tyson Construction, which is now on site, on both Trinity’s inpatient unit and Brian House.
Both facilities will remain open and it will be business as normal throughout the improvement programme.