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.