Trinity Hospice’s chief executive today thanked the Fylde coast for its generous and inspirational support of The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
David Houston has spoken of his pride at the fund-raising for the campaign which was launched in October and is aiming to raise £200,000 for the adult unit and Brian House children’s hospice.
Mr Houston told how the support will secure the hospice’s future for another 30 years and to ensure everyone on the Fylde coast knows the facility is there.
So far around £45,000 has been raised through donations and a series of events organised by Gazette readers.
Mr Houston said: “We’ve got off to a really good start and we’re really pleased with the support we’re getting.
“I’ll be honest, when we started, I thought I’d be happy with £50,000. It’s tough for people, the economy is not great and there’s lots of other important charities out there.
“But when it comes to someone’s final years and months and days it’s really important the hospice is here to help and I’m very proud of the amazing job it does.
“It’s important we’ve got the facilities long into the future.
“Now we’re all playing a part in making the hospice our hospice.”
Mr Houston added how he had been bowled over with the support shown so far.
Events have included Blackpool’s Santa Dash which saw more than 1,000 people take to the Prom dressed as Father Christmas.
Knowing the money is coming in means contractors, local firm Tyson’s, are already in the early stages of looking at work at the Low Moor Road hospice.
The £200,000 of the Hospice Heroes campaign will be used along with a £280,000 grant from the Department for Health for the biggest redevelopment of the facilities since in opened in 1985.
Mr Houston added: “We’re able to do something transformational, taking it to the next level of care and support.”
As building work progresses Mr Houston said he looks forward to see more imaginative and inspirational fund-raising going on for the scheme.
He said: “The Santa Dash was just amazing, the numbers who came smashed through anything we were expecting.
“We’ve still got some way to go so we really need people to keep with us and keep raising these really important funds.”
He added: “It’s only been one month but we’ve still got three or four months to go.”