OUR appeal to raise money for the refurbishment and extension of Grantham Hospice hit its £40,000 target this week, just nine months after being launched.
The official total for our Brick in the Wall Appeal is £41,365.37 - and there is still lots of money flooding in.
Grantham Hospice community fund-raiser Tina Dingley was amazed to hear the appeal target had been smashed.
She said: “It’s phenomenal, I can’t believe it.
“It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are. I can’t thank people enough.”
The money raised has made a huge difference to the hospice and Tina said all the staff are looking forward to the completion of the £1.3m refurbishment, which will include extended day care facilities, therapy rooms and much more.
She said: “It’s going to be incredible for the community. As the hospice was it wasn’t fit for purpose.
“Now the future is looking really bright for the hospice and the people that we care for.
“It’s quite moving when you think about what’s been achieved.
“We’re eternally grateful.”
The number and variety of events arranged for the appeal was incredible, from a trek through the Sahara to skydives and dressing-up days.
Chairman and co-founder of the hospice Noel Baumber said: “It’s amazing that so many people have come up with good ideas and support for us.
“I knew that the Journal would hit the target if anybody could.
“It’s a wonderful total and it’s going to be well used.
“This is a huge boost for the hospice.”
Noel said they hope to have an open day soon so everyone who supported the appeal can see what their hard work has created.
But the fund-raising for the hospice will not stop there.
Thousands of pounds are still needed to run services in the area.
Fund-raising manager Kim Frow said: “It is important that people don’t stop supporting us as once we resume our hospice services it will be an uphill struggle to meet our financial targets.
“If anyone is thinking about adopting a charity please consider us, as this next year will be crucial to us providing specialist hospice services in Grantham and the surrounding area.”
l To help the hospice call 01476 591010 or drop a donation in to the Journal office at 46 High Street, Grantham.