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Staff nurse Stacey Blane at Brian House Children's Hospice, Bispham.(Presents of Mind).
Staff nurse Stacey Blane at Brian House Children's Hospice, Bispham.(Presents of Mind).
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A HUGE thank you to everyone!

Children at Brian House Hospice are celebrating and extending their gratitude to local residents, after this year’s Presents of Mind Appeal smashed last year’s total.

Generous Eve readers and their families and friends raised £5,000 for the Bispham-based hospice, which provides care for disabled and seriously-ill youngsters from across the Fylde coast.

Since the appeal was launched in December, by former Emmerdale actress and Dancing on Ice winner Hayley Tamaddon, local people have given hundreds of presents – either extras which they bought specially in the run-up to Christmas, or unwanted festive presents – to the campaign.

Linzi Young, fund-raising manager, said: “We are delighted to have raised more than £5,000 for Brian House Children’s Hospice from this year’s Presents of Mind appeal.

“The wonderful support we have received from Gazette readers and the local community has been overwhelming, and will help make a real difference to our families.

“I would like to pass on a huge thank you to all those who have helped make this appeal such a success, from everyone who generously donated items, local businesses who managed one of our many collection points, and our volunteers, who kindly gave their time to collect and sort donations.

“We have received a really good mix of donations this year, from toys and books to toiletries, gift sets and clothes.

“All these gifts will be put to good use.

“Suitable toys will be used within Brian House, while others will be sold in our shops across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, with every penny raised from their resale going towards the continued delivery and development of our service, which provides vital care and support to local children with life-limiting conditions, and support to their families.

“At Brian House and Trinity Hospice, our fund-raising work is never done.

“It costs more than £6 million a year to keep our service going, and we are only able to do this thanks to the amazing support and contributions we receive from the local community.”

Hospice staff are planning more events, including their first sponsored dog walk, to be held in May, and the fourth annual Illumathon in September.

For information about services or activities, call the fund-raising team on (01253) 359362.