Final push in Thorpe Hall hospice appeal

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Hard-working organisers of the £6 million Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal are braced for a final push to find the last £1 million.

Over the last two years, the fundraising team at Thorpe Hall has been working with businesses, individuals and community groups from across the region to raise the cash needed to fund the building of a new hospice at Thorpe Hall.

Now the team is facing a frantic 12 weeks to find the last £1 million before the first patients are admitted.

The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal will finish at the end of June.

Two weeks later the building will welcome its first patients and then the team will have to turn their attention to raising the money to cover the cost of providing care for patients and their families.

Head of hospice fundraising Lucy Squance said: “Through generous support we have raised £3.7 million over the last two years.

“We know where some of the rest of the that money is coming from but we have a shortfall. And that’s what we need help with right now.”

Sue Ryder has launched a national emergency appeal to bridge the £1 million gap.

Lucy said: “We know it’s not nice to think about but any one of us, sadly, could need hospice care in the 
future.

“Thorpe Hall provides that care. To carry on doing that we have to raise this money.

“So, our question is: what will you do?”

Supporters can donate via the website www.thorpehall.org/donate. Text ‘Thorpe’ to 70007 to donate £3 or send a cheque, made payable to Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal to: Thorpe Hall Hospice, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LW.

Call the fundraising team on 01733 225999 to discuss how you can help raise money.

People from across Stamford, Bourne and Rutland have been at the forefront of the fundraising.

Jack Beniston, of West Street Gardens, Stamford, will be taking on a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in December in memory of his wife Michelle, who died at the hospice in October.

Jack still needs help to reach his £3,250 target and to donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JackBeniston or to contact Jack you can e-mail him at jack.beno@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 07580317879.

Michelle was a mother of four and her sons James Duell and his brother Dylan have raised more than £1,000 for the hospice, which supported the youngsters during her illness.

To find out more about their fundraising efforts, pick up a copy of next week’s Mercury.