Face the challenge and be a ‘Hospice Hero’

1 Mar 2021 11:36
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BOLTON Hospice has launched its new 2021 fundraising campaign in a bid to help generate vital funds that have been lost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is looking for 500 people to become ‘Hospice Heroes’ and pledge to donate or raise £100 for the hospice in 2021.

When you sign up to the #500faces appeal, the hospice will feature a photo of you or a picture that represents you on its online dedication page of kindness.

You can raise your £100 as an individual, a family, a group, a school or a company and you have until the end of the year to complete the challenge.

At the end of the challenge individuals will receive an exclusive hospice heroes pin badge and groups will receive a certificate to display.

The first hero to sign up was Oliver Heppleston, pictured here. The eight-year-old has set himself the challenge of getting from Bolton to Paris virtually by rowing, running, walking, cycling and scooting during 2021.

That’s a staggering 622km that he has tasked himself to complete to help raise valuable funds for the hospice.

Oliver’s mum Katie said: “Oliver wanted to support Bolton hospice as he felt strongly about raising money to support a charity that helps other people.

“He is aware of Bolton Hospice as his school had recently raised funds for them by wearing their Christmas jumpers to school.

“We thought it was an appropriate charity for Oliver to support as one of the governors from his school was recently cared for at the hospice. We feel that the hospice does great work in supporting individuals and families.”

Jane Carwardine, 65, ran 5k every day in January to help raise hospice funds. She said: “I thought this would be an opportunity to raise funds for the hospice that provided so much support and care to many of our family members during many years.”

Bolton Hospice interim fundraising manager Kathryn Willett is encouraging as many local people to get behind the appeal as possible:

“Despite restrictions, there are still lots of ways that you can help raise vital funds for Bolton Hospice during this difficult and uncertain time. Lockdown certainly made fundraising challenging last year but our supporters got creative and came up with the most wonderful ways to help raise money for us.

“We have taken inspiration from them and put together a list of great fundraising ideas which will hopefully entertain you during lockdown whilst at the same time helping to raise funds for the essential care THAT we provide our patients and their families.”

To pledge your support and sign up to the #500faces appeal, visit https://www.boltonhospice.org.uk/hospiceheroes500faces


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