Dressed to impress for Hospice appeal

The cast of Funny Girls dress up in support of The Gazette's Grin and Wear It campaign for Hospice Heroes.
The cast of Funny Girls dress up in support of The Gazette's Grin and Wear It campaign for Hospice Heroes.
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These ladies certainly know how to get all dressed up, and today they’re doing so in support of our Grin and Wear It day.

The stars of Blackpool’s Funny Girls have their glad rags on ready for Friday’s event, which will raise money for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.

Manager Celia Walsh said: “Funny Girls is pleased to be supporting The Gazette’s Grin and Wear It event.

“It’s a great charitable act to be part of, and it’s all for a good cause.

“Our girls always like to get dressed up.”

We’re asking for as many people as possible on the Fylde Coast to take part in Grin and Wear It on Friday – Valentine’s Day – to make it the biggest ever dress up, or dress down, across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Several people, schools and businesses have already pledged to take part, with some dressing as superheroes and in fancy dress, others spending the day in pyjamas and the rest having a casual clothes day, all in the name of charity.

Every penny raised on the day will go towards our Hospice Heroes campaign, which is funding a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

We need to raise £200,000 for the work, which is currently being carried out by Blackpool firm R P Tyson Construction.

Our money will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health.

The money is paying for the creation of single rooms in the adult inpatient unit and new quiet areas for privacy for patients and families.

The whole hospice will boast a new, brighter look to help patients orientate themselves better and most of the original furniture and fittings – from when the hospice opened 28 years ago – are being replaced.

At Brian House the bedrooms are being made brighter, the living area extended and the kitchen improved to allow older children the chance to cook in it.