INDEPENDENT Suffolk charity St Elizabeth Hospice has thanked the local community for its support during the coronavirus pandemic as its #HereTogether campaign edges closer to its funding target.
Launched in April #HereTogether is an appeal run by the hospice to counteract the financial impact of coronavirus on the charity; after lockdown saw the closure of its 31 retail shops and postponing of all fundraising activities which are vital income sources needed to support the provision of its end of life care and bereavement services.
Setting a target of £250,000, in less than 3 months communities from across the region have united to help the campaign now surpass the landmark total of £195,000.
From short story writing competitions and endurance challenges through to shaving of hair and acts of kindness, the public has rallied round to raise funds, whilst observing government COVID-19 guidelines, to support St Elizabeth Hospice which improves life for people across Suffolk living with a progressive or life-limiting illness.
Hannah Bloom, Director of Income Generation at St Elizabeth Hospice said:
“We rely on the community’s generosity, the income from our retail shops and our fundraising events to ensure we can provide our much-needed service to patients and their families.
“The coronavirus lockdown has severely restricted our ability to raise funds as we normally would but the public response to our #HereTogether campaign has been brilliant and the whole hospice is very grateful for the support.”
Last year, the hospice cared for more than 3,000 Suffolk patients and their families at a cost of £10.5m, of which 75% was raised by the community through St Elizabeth Hospice’s retail shops and local fundraising activities which were made impossible due to social distancing and self-isolation brought by the COVID-19 lockdown.
“In recent weeks we have begun the phased re-opening of our charity shops and we have also been launching new fundraising initiatives with a virtual twist, such as our first-ever Pet Pageant, in order to obey governmental advice.
“To be so close to reaching our overall fundraising goal for #HereTogether is fantastic and on behalf of all at St Elizabeth Hospice I want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has got beyond the campaign, as well as to encourage others to help us make the final push to achieve our target and continue to provide our care to local communities.”
St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness. Centred on an individual’s needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice.
To donate towards St Elizabeth hospice’s #HereTogether campaign visit their JustGiving page. To find out more call 01473 727776 or visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.