St Catherine’s Hospice is making a final push to complete its 30th anniversary Give A Gift appeal as the end of 2015 approaches.
The Lostock Hall hospice joined with the Guardian and its sister newspaper, the Lancashire Evening Post, at the start of the year to launch the campaign – a list of 30 different things the charity wanted the community’s help to achieve during the milestone year.
“As we near the end of this extra special year, we’re asking for one final push to help us tick off those targets we set nearly 12 months ago”Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation at St Catherine’s Hospice
In working to achieve this, members of the public and local businesses have rallied around and raised funds for everything from specialist medical equipment to hard flooring for a bedroom on the in-patient unit.
They have taken part in a series of special 30th anniversary events covering skydives and the Moonlight and Memories sponsored walk.
People have also helped by giving the gift of their time by signing up as volunteers, or their voice, by becoming a friend on social media – helping the messages of St Catherine’s to reach further.
But there are still some outstanding items that the charity would like to complete before the end of the year.
Local businesses are being urged to think about adopting St Catherine’s as their charity of the year for 2016, to help reach the target of attracting the interest of 30 new firms this year.
The St Catherine’s Hospice Lottery also has a target of attracting 300 new members through the Gift A Gift campaign and needs just 40 more.
Signing up to play for just £1 gives people the chance of winning a £2,000 jackpot and also raises funds for the hospice.
Meanwhile, the hospice is also keen to launch a pilot scheme offering complementary therapies to patients at home – but needs £2,000 to get the idea off the ground.
Patients can currently access treatments such as massage, Reiki and reflexology at the hospice, but not in the comfort of their own homes.
Opening up the service would allow more people to enjoy the benefits such treatments can bring, including improved sleep, increased relaxation and eased aches and pains.
Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “The Give A Gift campaign has been an important part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and has helped with all sorts of different areas of our work.
“The variety has been fantastic, giving people the opportunity to support us in a way which works for them – whether that be through signing up as a volunteer, taking part in one of our sponsored events, completing a personal challenge to raise funds or signing up to give a regular donation each month.
“The publicity the appeal has received in the Guardian has been such a boost and has really helped to raise awareness of our anniversary and keep the hospice in the spotlight during this important year.
“And as we near the end of this extra special year, we’re asking for one final push to help us tick off those targets we set nearly 12 months ago.
“We know our wonderful community won’t let us down!”
Visit www.stcatherines.co.uk to find out how you could contribute, and to sign up to the St Catherine’s lottery. The hospice fund-raising team is also on hand to offer advice and support – for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 629171.