Hospice is given a fundraising boost

Corby Lakelands christmas wrapping: Kyle Conway, six checks that Pam Stubbs, wraps his mums present correct.'10/12/11

Corby Lakelands christmas wrapping: Kyle Conway, six checks that Pam Stubbs, wraps his mums present correct.'10/12/11

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Generous shoppers dug deep to give a charity which supports terminally and seriously ill people a festive boost.

Lakelands Hospice has been running a Christmas shop in Corby town centre which has so far raised about £3,500.

The shop in Corporation Street has been selling Christmas decorations, gifts and provided a gift-wrapping service.

Lakelands community fundraiser Paul Marlow thanked volunteers and shoppers for their support

The hospice provides day care facilities, complementary care and a Hospice at Home service and costs £450,000 a year to run.

He said: “The gift wrapping service was a fantastic success with lots of people, especially men, taking advantage of it and they were very generous with their donations.”

He said a special sale would take place to further boost the funds this week because the town centre’s agents Ashdown Phillips offered the hospice an extended stay.

He said: “There will be an everything must go approach to clear all the stock. There’s lots of books, scarves and gloves, and Christmas decorations, which will be at sale prices. Our calendar, which features beauty spots from the Corby area, will be on sale for £3.50.”

Last year the shop raised just under £4,000 and Mr Marlow hopes the final push will help raise further funds.

The shop, which is next to jewellers H Samuel, will be open daily between 10am and 4pm until January 8.

The charity is also encouraging people to donate unwanted Christmas gifts to the Christmas shop, Lakelands Emporium in New Post Office Square or the hospice in Butland Road, which will be used for further fundraising activities, including an Easter bazaar and a charity auction in February.

Mr Marlow added: “They will be gratefully received and go towards raising funds in 2012.”