How you can help Corby's Lakelands Hospice smash £20,000 fundraising target

The hospice is launching its latest fundraising challenge

Monday, 10th May 2021, 12:05 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 12:06 pm
The hospice is launching their latest challenge.

Fancy being creative, wacky and zany? Corby's Lakelands Hospice s latest fundraising challenge might be up your street.

The hospice is urging businesses, schools and individuals to rise to their #Challenge733 in June to help them smash their £20,000 target and provide more nights of care through their Hospice at Home service.

Their nurses provide 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 and days 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.

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But the Covid-19 pandemic has hit their bank balance and they need the support of the public more than ever.

Community fundraiser Marina Rae said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the hospice’s fundraising efforts really hard.

"We took an unprecedented step last year and cancelled all of our much-loved fundraising events throughout 2020. This decision was totally essential to ensure the safety of the public, our valued volunteers and members of staff, but it has hit our income hard.

"We need to raise in excess of £545,000 each year to provide our services.

"We are extremely grateful for all the wonderful support we have received from the community and businesses in the Corby borough, but now more than ever we need everyone to help and support Lakelands, to ensure we keep our doors open and continue to provide our vital care services.”

Lakelands Hospice first launched #Challenge300 in August 2015 after supporting its 300th Hospice at Home patient, and now in June 2021 they are launching #Challenge733.

Nurse manager Tracy Glenn said: “Our #Challenge733 is in remembrance of all 733 patients and their families, and to highlight the amazing work of our dedicated team of hospice at home nurses.

"Since #Challenge581 in 2019 our hospice at home nurses have supported a further 152 patients, a true testament to why this service is vital in the Corby community. Every penny donated will be truly appreciated."

The hospice has created some new events for people to participate in this June including ‘Bucketloads of Love’, a corporate challenge for local businesses. Those that wish to participate will be given an empty Lakelands fundraising bucket and then encouraged to fundraise and fill their bucket throughout June. The company which raises the most will receive a winner’s trophy and a bottle of champagne.

Lakelands are also asking people to dig out their teapots and host a ‘Lakelands Big Brew’ event, a way to meet up with friends and raise much needed funds for Lakelands. A fundraising pack is available from the hospice containing a poster, invitations and a ‘guess the teapot’ game.

Schools, businesses and the general public are being encouraged to host a 'Rainbows, Nurses and Superheroes' day, an opportunity for people to dress up in their favourite rainbow coloured clothes, superhero or nurses outfit. Everyone that participates is being asked to donate £1 to Lakelands.

Marina will once again challenge herself and this year she will be going to work dressed as a superhero and will also have her fundraising stall outside Primark in Corby every Saturday throughout June. She will be selling quality goods, merchandise and playing fundraising games too and hopes to raise £1,000 towards the £20,000 target.

People can get involved with their events or host a one-off fundraiser or challenge themselves with a sponsored walk or cycle.

Hospice at Home co-ordinator Lynne Davies said: “We are incredibly proud and humbled to say that we have fulfilled the last wishes of 733 local Corby people, by caring for them in their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones in the last few days and weeks of their lives.

"The pandemic has sadly seen an increase in people accessing this service and our incredible nursing team have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, providing high quality palliative care to our patients ensuring they pass away with dignity and respect.

"On behalf of our patients, their carers and families we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has risen to the challenge in the past and to those participating this year, you are all truly amazing!"

For more information call Marina Rae on 01536 747755 or email: [email protected]