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Tea time raises vital funds

Guests enjoy the Trinity Tea Party held by Diane Hilton for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes campaign

Guests enjoy the Trinity Tea Party held by Diane Hilton for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes campaign

A tea party has raised more than £150 for our Hospice Heroes appeal.

Diane Hilton held a Trinity Tea Party to help boost our campaign, which needs to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

Diane, 69, is a volunteer at the hospice’s Day Therapy Unit and at its Cleveleys charity shop, and decided she wanted to host the tea party to further support the cause.

“I just wanted to do a little bit more to for the hospice,” she said.

“I know how vital this money is.”

Her tea party, held at her home on Cardinal Place, Thornton, saw 20 of her friends and family pop over for a cuppa and a piece of cake.

She said: “I made cake and my friends made cakes and sandwiches and we had a raffle with prizes including meal vouchers, wine and chocolate.

“In total we raised £152, and everyone who came said it was a really nice afternoon. Even people who weren’t able to make it made a donation.”

Our money is helping to pay for the biggest refurbishment ever at Trinity, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, which turns 30 next year.

Diane and her husband Peter, who also volunteers at the hospice, have seen what the appeal has helped pay for so far, including new single rooms with en-suite facilities, a new family area on the inpatient unit and a new kitchen at Brian House.

Work on phase two of the refurbishment is currently under way.

Diane said: “So far, what they’ve done is absolutely brilliant. The new unit looks beautiful – it’s really nice and homely. It’s breath-taking.

“When it’s finished it will be really nice.”

So far we’ve raised nearly £142,000 towards our target thanks to our supporters who have held charity raffles, sponsored runs and swims in aid of our campaign.

 

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