#CHALLENGE439: Corby hospice needs your help to smash £10,000 target!

Have you signed up to #Challenge439 yet?

Have you signed up to #Challenge439 yet?

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Groups, schools, businesses and individuals are being urged to be ‘creative, wacky and zany’ by rising to #Challenge439.

This June, Lakelands Hospice needs your help to smash the £10,000 target with its #Challenge439 fundraiser for the Hospice at Home service.

Hospice at Home coordinator Lynn Davies with nurses Rosina Howe, Finola Stovin and Vera Kenna

Hospice at Home coordinator Lynn Davies with nurses Rosina Howe, Finola Stovin and Vera Kenna

Marina Rae, community fundraiser from the hospice in Butland Road, said: “We are looking to challenge Corby town to help us raise £10,000 by rising to the challenge.”

All five major supermarkets in Corby – Asda, Morrisons, Tesco Express, Tesco Extra and M&S Foodhall - have invited Lakelands Hospice to hold #Challenge439 events in their stores.

Others who have already signed up this year include No Limits Adventure, Anytime Fitness, The Cardigan Arms, The Everard Arms, Co-operative Funeral Care, Beanfield Primary School, Oakley Vale Primary School, SML Europe Ltd, FMH Conveyors, Wetherspoons - Samuel Lloyds and Bella Knit.

While the list is growing on a daily basis, the hospice is hoping as many people as possible will get involved to help reach the target.

All the staff, patients, nurses and volunteers at Lakelands Hospice are backing #Challenge439

All the staff, patients, nurses and volunteers at Lakelands Hospice are backing #Challenge439

People can host a one-off fundraiser or various events throughout June, with all funds raised helping Lakelands Hospice provide more nights of care.

The Hospice at Home team offers high quality nursing care for the terminally ill who live in the Corby area, and wish to be at home rather than in hospital in the last weeks of their lives.

The team of dedicated nurses support patients so they can die peacefully, with dignity, in their own home surrounded by their loved ones.

Lakelands Hospice is a registered charity which receives no government or NHS funding so the generosity of local people, businesses, trusts, grants and their own fundraising activities enables the hospice to provide its Hospice at Home service free of charge.

The hospice first launched #Challenge300 in August 2015 after supporting its 300th Hospice at Home patient.

The challenge was in recognition of the Hospice at Home patients, their families and carers and to highlight the care provided by their nursing team, and it raised £2,339 in 2015.

The following year when a further 82 patients had been supported by the Hospice at Home service, #Challenge382 was launched and raised £7,429.

Lorna McFadyen, owner of ABC Hairdressers, was the top individual fundraiser in 2016 after shaving her head and raising £1,729 towards the grand total.

SML Group came second after raising £640 from various events in their office.

As the hospice’s community fundraiser, Marina Rae also got involved and after combining a corporate business walk with selling cupcakes for £2 while dressed as a giant cupcake, she raised £869.

In total, 46 businesses, groups and individuals contributed to #Challenge382.

This year will be the challenge’s third year and with a further 57 patients having been supported by the Hospice at Home team, #Challenge439 has been launched.

Lynn Davies, Hospice at Home co-ordinator, said: “On behalf of our patients, their carers and families we would like to say thank you in advance for any support you can offer.”

Anyone wanting to get involved can call Marina on 01536 747755.