We’ve reached another milestone! The Gazette’s huge Hospice Heroes campaign today notched up a major landmark – as our army of loyal readers helped the appeal total top an incredible £60,000.
Since we launched the appeal in October, people across the Fylde coast have proven their generosity by running, swimming, baking and dining to raise money for our campaign, which aims to pay for a huge refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Now the message in 2014 is clear: Help us to smash our £200,000 target!
Trinity’s fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “It’s amazing to reach this fantastic milestone for the New Year.
“We’ve had such a great response to the appeal and the different ways people can support it.”
One of the biggest Hospice Heroes event so far was the Santa Dash earlier this month, which saw more than 1,100 people running along Blackpool’s Promenade dressed as Santa.
The stunt has already raised £14,200 for our appeal, and sponsorship is still flooding in.
It was followed by a month of Reindeer Run events at schools in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, where children have done sporting activities to raise money.
The Reindeer Dash has already made £4,600, but the fund-raising team at Trinity, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, is expecting another £4,000 in the coming days.
Linzi said people had also been writing in with donations as well as making pledges over the phone.
She added: “We have been overwhelmed by all the generous support.
“To everyone who has donated to the appeal to raise the additional £200,000 target, and to all our other Hospice Heroes who have contributed to our general ongoing running costs, we just want to say a huge thank you and happy New Year to each and everyone of you.”
An anonymous benefactor has pledged to double any donation made through the hospice’s Christmas appeal up to £12,000.
Linzi said so far £9,000 had been donated, so there’s still room for a festive donation which could make even more for our campaign. This month we also announced a pound from every ticket sold for Rod Stewart’s Bloomfield Road summer concert will come to Hospice Heroes.
Gazette editor Job Rhodes said: “We have been amazed by the generosity of Gazette readers to our appeal. To reach £60,000 in such a short space of time is a tremendous achievement and we would like to thank everyone who has raised any amount for the campaign.
“Trinity Hospice and Brain House are vital facilities and, with the help of our readers, we now want to smash through our £200,000 target in 2014.”
The money we raise will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the work, which includes creating single rooms on Trinity’s inpatient unit, as well as a complete refurbishment of the hospice’s original features.
It is the largest improvement project at Trinity since it opened in 1985.
The money will also pay for work at Brian House, including making the bedrooms brighter and safer, extending the living area and improving the kitchen so older children can learn to cook for themselves.
Blackpool builders Tyson’s is in the early stages of carrying out the work.