Star fundraisers hail Trinity target

Hospice heroes: Singer Linda Nolan at Trinity Hospice
Hospice heroes: Singer Linda Nolan at Trinity Hospice
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It’s where Bernie Nolan was treated before she died last year, so it’s a place very close to the heart of her family.

And sister Linda has today spoken of her delight that The Gazette has successfully raised more than £200,000 for Trinity Hospice through its Hospice Heroes appeal.

Nine months ago we embarked on a massive fund-raising campaign to help pay for the biggest refurbishment in Trinity’s 30 year history,y.

Yesterday we announced the target had been smashed, with a current total of £214, 692.

Linda has been a supporter of the campaign from the beginning.

She said: “I was delighted to be involved, and I think everyone thought it would be a longer job than it has been.

“People have worked very hard to achieve this goal with many team efforts to raise this money.

“Sadly Bernie was at Trinity for three weeks, and it was a wonderful place to be – the staff were amazing and it was a happy place.”

Linda is taking part in tomorrow night’s Fire and Ice Walk for Hospice Heroes, when she will walk across hot coals at Bloomfield Road.

She will also be at the hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, on Friday when the full refurbishment is revealed.

She added: “I have seen the first part of the refurbishment, and think Brian House is amazing. It doesn’t feel like a hospice in there, it’s just a place where children can have fun.”

The appeal means a lot to the people of Trinity, from staff to volunteers and patients.

Jamie Hanlon has spent time in Trinity because of a genetic condition affecting his lungs which cannot be cured. When he’s well enough, he volunteers at one of its shops.

Jamie, 42, said: “Everyone at Trinity is so grateful for the help from The Gazette to bring money into the hospice. Without people like them, the hospice would not be here.

“The real heroes are The Gazette team and the people who have held fund-raising events and discovered new ways to raise money.”

Because of his condition – X-linked agammaglobulinemia which means he cannot make blood cells to fight infection – Jamie wasn’t expected to live past the age of five.

Two years ago doctors said there was nothing more that could be done to help him. He received palliative care at Trinity and says he has a lot to be thankful for.

He added: “I’ve never known a place like Trinity. Everyone in Blackpool has been touched by it.”