Doing the dash to raise hospice cash

Tish Masters (centre) and Caz and Victoria Birkett prepare for Trinity Hospice's Santa Dash for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes.
Tish Masters (centre) and Caz and Victoria Birkett prepare for Trinity Hospice's Santa Dash for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes.
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These crazy Santas are ready to run and raise money for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.

Tish Masters and mum and daughter team Caz and Victoria Birkett have signed up to take part in this year’s Santa Dash, organised by Trinity Hospice – and have already raised £175.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

This year, all proceeds made from the one-mile dash along the Promenade are going towards The Gazette’s campaign, which aims to raise £200,000 for a much needed refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice.

Tish, of Catherine Street, Wesham, signed up for the dash, in which participants can run, jog or walk, despite having recently had surgery to remove cartilage from her knee. She said: “If I can wobble along for the Santa Dash, anyone can do it.”

And mother and daughter Victoria, 19, and Caz, 47, have pledged to support Tish.

Together, the trio are calling themselves the Crazy Santa Loons.

Tish, 42, said: “Recently I’ve lost some cousins and friends, and with what Trinity does I wanted to do my bit.

“My knee is OK, but I haven’t really done any running since I had it done. There’s still time to get some practice in.”

Caz, a support worker from Elswick, said: “Everyone knows Trinity is there.

“We’ll be there with Tish all the way.”

The group didn’t expect to raise so much, but are keen for donations to keep coming in. Money for the dash on December 1 can be donated through www.justgiving.com/TishCazVickyCrazySantaLoons.

Money raised through Hospice Heroes will be put with a grant of £280,000 from the Department of Health to create single rooms and areas of privacy at Trinity as well as updating the 28-year-old furniture. At Brian House the bedrooms will be made brighter and improvements will be made to the kitchen and living areas.

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.

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Huge sum just a month into appeal

It’s been exactly one month since we launched our Hospice Heroes appeal to raise money for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

And we couldn’t be happier with the response we’ve received.

From two-year-old Andrew Brown who visited with his jam jar filled with pennies so heavy he couldn’t lift it, to Blackpool Cricket Club who donated a percentage of ticket sales for this year’s Bonfire Night event, people up and down the Fylde coast have been coming up with great ideas of how to support The Gazette’s campaign.

Today we can reveal the latest Hospice Heroes total is a whopping £22,274.

A Trinity spokesman said: “There is still so much momentum behind the Hospice Heroes appeal. Every day we hear of someone planning an event, or we receive donations online or by telephone. You get the feeling that all parts of the community are involved and that’s really great because Trinity’s services touch people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

“Enrolment for Santa Dash is really picking up too. We always get a big entry on the day itself, but I would advise people to get their bookings in – and secure their Santa Suits – in the coming days.”

You can sign up for the Santa Dash at www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/hospice-heroes.