THANKS ASWORK ON HOS­PICE GATH­ERS PACE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

JO WOOLF Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, South Bucks Hos­pice AS work on our fan­tas­tic new com­mu­nity hos­pice gath­ers pace, it’s only right I spend a mo­ment thank­ing all the in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have backed us so mag­nif­i­cently.

All do­na­tions, how­ever large or small, are so ap­pre­ci­ated by our staff and pa­tients. There are far too many to men­tion, but here are just a few high­lights in the last year: Wy­combe Abbey School has do­nated more than £19,000; Huntswood Golf Club has given us over £17,000; and Karen’s Big Smiles has raised £15,000 for us.

And, yes, there are so many more sto­ries like these, so thanks to each and ev­ery one of you. Even the small­est do­na­tion makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. The new £4.8m Hos­pice in Tot­teridge, High Wy­combe, will open in 2017 and be of huge ben­e­fit to pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses across south Buck­ing­hamshire.

De­spite the vast ef­forts of our many won­der­ful sup­port­ers, we still need help in get­ting us over the line in terms of fundrais­ing. Not only do we have the new Hos­pice to com­plete and fit out, we also have the ba­sic daily run­ning costs to pay for. Less than five per cent of the money re­quired to run the spe­cial­ist ser­vices South Bucks Hos­pice of­fer comes from the NHS. The other 95 per cent has to be raised by fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

In April, we have 47-year-old pho­tog­ra­pher Matt Fowler run­ning three marathons on con­sec­u­tive week­ends for us – yet an­other ex­am­ple of the in­cred­i­ble sup­port we re­ceive in the com­mu­nity.

To help our pa­tients by back­ing Matt Fowler’s Hos­pice triple marathon, do­nate at http://t.co/ VTA7NOd1LX

For more about the hos­pice, go to www.sbh.org.uk.

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