‘Thank you to everyone for helping us raise £50,000’

GIFTS Hospice Pic.') L\R; Noel Baumber, Kim Frow, Tina Dingley, Suzie Pike, Claire Lugar, Heather Pegg, Sheena Ambler, Judy McLaughlin, Karen Steele.

GIFTS Hospice Pic.') L\R; Noel Baumber, Kim Frow, Tina Dingley, Suzie Pike, Claire Lugar, Heather Pegg, Sheena Ambler, Judy McLaughlin, Karen Steele.

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“THANK you so much” is the message going out to everyone who has helped raise more than £50,000 for the Journal’s Brick in the Wall Appeal.

A year ago, we began a compaign to raise £40,000 for Grantham Hospice, to help fund the building of a brand new extension and refurbishment.

A staggering number of warm-hearted people stepped forward to raise funds for the Barrowby Road hospice, and the £40,000 was reached - and surpassed.

Now the appeal has drawn to a close, St Barnabas business development director Neil Paulger has given a massive thank you to all involved.

He said: “Without the people of Grantham and the surrounding district we would not have achieved what we have to date in Barrowby Road.

“The money raised was unbelievable, and the awareness that the Grantham Journal has brought about certainly got everybody behind us.”

Assistant fund-raising manager at the hospice Tina Dingley added: “Many, many thanks to everyone who’s been involved in helping to raise the staggering amount of £50,000.

“It’s a really, truly amazing achievement by all those people and all their hard work and support is absolutely brilliant.

“I want to thank the Journal for all your generous support and help in promoting the appeal. We couldn’t have done it without you and I really want to bring that home.”

Journal reporter Suzie Pike has led the appeal, even taking part in and organising fund-raisers herself to support the cause. Suzie formed part of the intrepid group who trekked through the Sahara Dessert in February, and she also organised music festival G in the Park last month, which raised hundreds of pounds.

All the money raised has gone directly to Grantham Hospice, which offers a range of services to terminally ill patients and their families, including day therapy, hospice in the home and welfare advice.

The Brick in the Wall Appeal may have now come to an end, but Grantham Hospice still needs help in keeping the services running. Find out more by calling 01476 591010.

l OUR hospice appeal may be over but you can still support the charity by going along to one of their organised fund-raisers.

The Indulgence Evening, which will take place at the hospice, in Barrowby Road, Grantham, costs just £5. It will take place at 7pm on Thursday.

The Snowflake and Ice Dinner Dance will be at Belton Park Golf Club on November 12. The evening includes a meal and a raffle. Tickets cost £35. Entertainment will be provided by DJ and singer Dominic Brister and Hi-Notes, who will sing songs from musicals and 1940s hits.

The Children’s Nearly New Sale will take place at Totemic House, in Springfield Road, on November 12 from 10am until 12pm. Information: 01476 591010.