Pier gift of teddies for the hospice

Trinity's Denise Parker and Grace Kelly with the toys at North Pier.
Trinity's Denise Parker and Grace Kelly with the toys at North Pier.
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Huge piles of toys and domestic goods have been donated to Trinity Hospice – thanks to Blackpool’s North Pier.

The collection has been compiled over the past year by one of the pier’s owners, Sue Sedgwick.

She has long been a supporter of the Fylde coast hospice after it took care of her father, Tom Brown, in 1995.

She said: “It’s nice to be able to support Trinity when they supported and my family when we needed them.

“Trinity is a charity that is dear to my heart, so I recognise what they did by helping them in any way that I can.”

As well as dozens of toys and teddies, Sue collected electronic goods and kitchen aids for the hospice to sell, offer as raffle prizes or offer to patients at the hospice base in Bispham.

Trinity’s head of fundraising and communications, Ged Carter, said: “We are delighted with the donation of goods from North Pier.

“We will be using these for raffle prizes and to sell in our 14 shops.

“We would love to hear from any other organisations who are able to donate high quality goods which we might be able to use in this way. In particular we are interested in quality clothing and children’s toys.”

Sue and her husband Peter Sedgwick bought the pier two years ago and are embarking on their third season of entertainment and renovation as it celebrates his 150th anniversary.

Since taking over, the couple have been keep to support local charities and fundraising events.

Trinity provides end of life care to patients across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, at its hospice on Low Moor Road and the adjoining Brian House children’s hospice.

It needs to raise more than £4m a year.

If you are able to help Trinity Hospice and Brian’s House by offering donations, call (01253) 358881.

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