One remarkable group of volunteers preparing for a big celebration are the Honiton Fundraising Support Group. They have been proudly supporting Hospiscare patients and their families by holding regular events like special lunches and suppers, entertainment evenings, coffee mornings, bake sales, and bingo nights for over 25 years, and in July they reached a grand total of £1million raised for Hospiscare.
Two driving forces within the group are Chair, Mary Bolshaw, and Treasurer, Eric Smith, who retired from his post in August after approximately 20 years with the group. They are both supported by an enthusiastic group of local volunteers and recently met with Hospiscare CEO Glynis Atherton, who said,
“As a result of their dedicated fundraising, the Honiton Support Group have made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of local people by funding specialist palliative care services in Honiton. We are all incredibly grateful to them.”
The group were heavily involved within the appeal for Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton, which has become a vital part of the local community, able to provide outstanding care and support to patients in East Devon with a life-limiting illness, and their families, when they really need it.
Not only does the group raise funds, they raise awareness of the services that Hospiscare provides, attending events like the Honiton Show handing out leaflets and running a tombola. They also provide the Hospiscare Fundraising Team with invaluable support at the charity’s large events and with Open Gardens.
Mary said, “This is an exceptional fundraising achievement of which our committee and volunteers can be justifiably proud and long may their support continue to ensure Hospiscare’s future.”
The group are very keen to keep their phenomenal fundraising going for as long as possible, so if you would like to be a part of this, or another local fundraising support group, call the Fundraising Team on 01392 688020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing high quality care and support to people with any type of terminal illness, and those close to them, in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity in Devon for generations to come.