Grandma’s going the extra mile

Hospice Hero swimmer Avril Braithwaite
Hospice Hero swimmer Avril Braithwaite
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A Blackpool grandma is proving she’s a real Hospice Hero by taking to the pool to raise money for The Gazette’s campaign.

Avril Braithwaite, 66, will swim at least one mile at Palatine Leisure Centre to raise money for our Hospice Heroes appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 for a much needed refurbishment of both Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

Our appeal money will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to build more single rooms at Trinity, and generally refurbish the 28-year-old building, as well as renovating Brian House to make it brighter and safer for the children who go there.

It comes as one of Avril’s granddaughters is receiving care at the facility on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

She said: “It’s good to support the hospices. They are both such worthwhile causes.

“I know people who attend both Trinity and Brian House, and when I saw the Gazette’s appeal I just thought, ‘Go on then’. I think everyone should do something.”

Avril, of Ash Street, Blackpool, is a keen swimmer and hopes to be able to swim more than a mile on November 25.

She has already raised more than £200 in sponsorship.

“I’m just going to see how long I can keep going, but I have to make that mile,” she said.

“I used to do a lot of swimming as a child and when I retired I found I had time to go again.”

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We’re looking for as many people as possible to be Hospice Heroes.
Whether it’s a sponsored swim, run or cycle, or a cake sale or something totally different, everyone can do their bit for our appeal.
Whatever you’re doing, don’t forget to let us know so we can feature your efforts in The Gazette to help boost sponsorship. Call (01253) 361728.

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.