Staff and patients at Pendleside Hospice would like to thank supporters after a successful year.
This year has seen the most people cared for in the history of Pendleside; over 1500 people, including patients and their family members or carers being cared for by the hospice.
The hospice costs almost £4 million each year to run, of which £3 million is raised locally through individual and organised fundraising initiatives. This is supported by an army of 450 Hospice volunteers who give up their valuable time to help with organised events, with more than 200 of them helping in the Hospice’s nine Shops
Some of the highlights of the year have included the Corporate Challenge, which saw 28 local businesses go head-to-head to raise the most money for Pendleside from 1st June to 30thSeptember.
Through a huge host of unique fundraising ideas, including a sky dive, a Hole in Onesie day and the creation of a Pendleside Hospice gin, £97,016 was raised.
While September saw the first Burnley Colour Dash where more than £1,000 got showered in colourful paints as they walked, jogged, skipped or ran through various colour blast stations on a 5k route of Thompson Park and Bank Hall.
The hospice also opened their ninth hospice charity shop in March in the former ‘Patchwork Chicks’ building in Butterfield Cottage off Gisburn Road in Barrowford. And in November the Duke Bar re-opened after undergoing a refurbishment.
Helen McVey, chief executive of Pendleside Hospice said: “The support we receive locally is absolutely phenomenal. We have a dedicated team of volunteers who we greatly rely on and a loyal group of fundraisers who find new and inventive ways of raising money.
“In recent years it has grown harder than ever to ensure we have the income to keep the hospice running which is why the support from our local community is more important than ever before.
“As the late Muriel Jobling MBE, the founding chairman of the hospice would say ‘The hospice was built by the community for the community’ and without the support of our local community we wouldn’t be able to continue to deliver the care to the people who need our support.
“As we go into our 30th anniversary year, we are calling on all our supporters and volunteers to help us to fund our future in order that we can ensure that the hospice is here for all who need our support in the years to come.”