“Everything we are planning is an investment into our community, not just for now, but for the next 20 years.”
Those are the words of Blackpool FC and England legend Jimmy Armfield as he announces his support of The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
The appeal has raised a staggering £13,000 in its first week towards its target of £200,000 for a much needed refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Mr Armfield, president of the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, has been a long-time supporter of the work it does after his wife, Anne, helped to found it.
She had been a sister at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with Dr David Cooper, who was the brain child behind the hospice.
Mrs Armfield later moved over to work at Trinity.
Mr Armfield, 78, said: “It is thanks to local people that Trinity has been able to carry on this far, and from that point of view I know that achieving this campaign really could be a possibility, and it’s important that it does.
“It’s a measure of local society how it looks after its people who need support, particularly those who are ill or perhaps at the end of their life.
“It’s something that’s very close to home for a lot of people.”
Much of the work will see a refurbishment in most areas around Trinity and Brian House, but a key feature will also be to create single rooms at the hospice to give patients and their families a greater level of privacy and dignity. Our funds will be put towards a Department of Health grant of £280,000.
Mr Armfield added: “The main thing is that this is all about comfort for patients and I think this work will generally lift the spirits of everybody who is driving it on.
“None of us know when we are going to need a hospice.
“It’s very fulfilling for both Anne and myself to see where the hospice has come in the last 28 years, and where we are now taking it.
“This next chapter is exciting; it’s amazing.”
Good as ghouls
Funds for our Hospice Heroes campaign have been further boosted by this cake bake at Marketing Blackpool.
Staff held the Halloween themed event to raise money for our appeal, supporting Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
They baked the ghoulish treats and sold them in the office to raise more than £50.
A spokeswoman said: “We are supporting Brian House as our chosen charity for the year so are delighted to help the campaign.”