Grantham hospice given big boost with slice of £144,000 raised by Lincolnshire Co-op

St Barnabas Hospice receives �104,000 from Lincolnshire Co-op. Picture from left are Kelly Slow from Bracebridge Heath Food Store, Sophie Leaning from Holton le Clay Food Store, Head of Fundraising and Marketing for St Barnabas Veronica McBain, the St Barnabas mascot, Corporate Fundraiser for St Barnabas Caroline Swindon, and Simone Peterson and Stephanie May from Holton le Clay Food Store.
St Barnabas Hospice receives �104,000 from Lincolnshire Co-op. Picture from left are Kelly Slow from Bracebridge Heath Food Store, Sophie Leaning from Holton le Clay Food Store, Head of Fundraising and Marketing for St Barnabas Veronica McBain, the St Barnabas mascot, Corporate Fundraiser for St Barnabas Caroline Swindon, and Simone Peterson and Stephanie May from Holton le Clay Food Store.
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St Barnabas Hospice has received a huge funding boost to continue the vital services it provides for people with life-limiting illnesses, thanks to a fund-raising campaign by Lincolnshire Co-op.

Nine charities that care for people and families in the area, including St Barnabas, were the Society’s chosen Community Champions from March to May.

A wide range of activities took place over the period to reach the £144,000 total, including fund-raising, volunteering and raising awareness about the work hospices do.

St Barnabas Hospice received £104,000 to support its sites across the county including Grantham. The hospice has to raise £5.5 million this year to deliver services.

Head of Fund-raising and Marketing for St Barnabas Veronica McBain said: “It’s breath-taking to have received something of that magnitude. It equates to roughly over 850 hospice-at-home visits, which means our nurses can go in to patients’ homes and deliver the hands-on care that’s important at the end of life, which is a wish many patients want these days.

“It’s because of the community shopping at their local stores and other fund-raising efforts that Lincolnshire Co-op has been able to deliver this. It is absolutely out of this world.”

Hundreds of Co-op colleagues took part in a sponsored pedometer challenge. Teams from across the business area also got together to complete organised walks, including food store colleagues completing a 12k coastal trek.

Generous holidaymakers donated £1 to the cause every time they booked a trip at one of the Co-op’s 13 travel branches, adding thousands to the total.

Every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet using their dividend card, a donation was added to the fund-raising pot. Proceeds from the carrier bag charge and staff fund-raising were also added.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: “We’re over the moon that communities have come together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for these truly worthwhile causes. Not many people know about the work that hospices do for people who are facing a really difficult time. The groups we worked with have shared inspirational and uplifting stories of the care they provide.