Shoppers give a £144,000 helping hand to Hospices

Local hospices will receive a huge funding boost to continue the vital services they provide for people with life-limiting illnesses, thanks to a fundraising campaign by Lincolnshire Co-op.

Nine charities that care for people and families in the area 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 fundraising, volunteering and raising awareness about the work hospices do.

Hundreds of 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 trek along the Cleethorpes coast and a team from Head Office walking 20 miles around each Lincoln food store.

Generous holidaymakers donated £1 to the cause every time they booked a trip at one of our 13 travel branches, adding thousands to the total.

And, every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet using their dividend card, a donation was added to the fundraising pot. Proceeds from the carrier bag charge and staff fundraising 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, because hospices are much more than just a place to die. We’re proud to support their work and message.”

A presentation took place at Olsen Park in Lincoln, where representatives from each hospice collected their portion of the £144,000 donation (see Notes to Editors for donation breakdown).

St Barnabas Hospice received a donation of over £104,000 that will be shared between their Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough, Grantham and Spalding services. The hospice has to raise £5.5 million this year to deliver what they do today.

Head of Fundraising 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 patient’s 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 fundraising efforts that Lincolnshire Co-op has been able to deliver this. It is absolutely out of this world.”

Corporate Fundraiser Caroline Swindon said: “It’s important that when we visit patients, we’re able to provide care and support their family and loved ones as well. This donation will make a massive difference in what we’re able to do to care for people across the county.”

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