Today we can reveal we’ve reached a major milestone in our Hospice Heroes campaign.
Thanks to your generous donations and fund-raising efforts we’ve already raised £100,000, reaching the halfway point in our appeal to help fund a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice.
We need to raise a total of £200,000, which will be combined with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for the biggest programme of work since the hospice opened on Low Moor Road, Bispham, in 1985.
The money we raise will help build single rooms in Trinity’s inpatient unit, replace original fixtures and fittings and make the hospice easier to navigate with new decor.
At Brian House, the living area is being extended to accommodate larger beds, the bedrooms are being made brighter and safer for the children who stay over and the kitchen made more practical for older patients to use.
Trinity’s fund-raising manager, Linzi Young, said: “Half way to our target – it’s such a good feeling, and we still have lots of big events lined up to get us to the magic total.
“On behalf of everyone at Trinity I want to thank each and every person who has contributed so far. I can honestly say that every pound has made a impact, and the feeling that the local community is behind us means so much.
“When we launched Hospice Heroes it felt as though we had a mountain to climb, but having the support of Gazette readers, local businesses, clubs, youth groups and schools has made all the difference.
“The work is progressing to plan, with Phase One of our refurbishment almost complete and we are really focused now on the second half of the campaign, to make our hospice the very best it can be.”
Several events have taken place since we launched Hospice Heroes to help us reach our target.
This year’s Santa Dash along the Prom saw a record number of Santas taking part and raised a phenomenal £20,000, and its associated Reindeer Run brought in an astonishing £17,063.
Last month also saw people up and down the Fylde coast dressing up to take part in our Grin and Wear It day.
Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes said: “Gazette readers are well known for their generosity and they have proved this again. Getting to the halfway point in four months is just fantastic.
“Times are very tough for many families, but so many people have dug deep to help such a wonderful cause. I’m sure we can hit our target and what an achievement that would be.”
Several fund-raising events happening in the near future which will further boost our appeal – including the Trinity Tea Party, which is being held throughout April, and the Rod Stewart concert at Bloomfield Road in June which is set to bring in £25,000.