Why we should all do our bit
PEOPLE are being asked to try and forget the financial crisis by raising money for others.
Susan Booth, who is charged with the task of ensuring £7.5million is raised every year to run the three Pilgrims Hospices at Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet, has urged the public to get involved.
She said the need for voluntary help is crucial to the organisation’s plans to maintain the income stems necessary to run such a vital service adding: “There are lots of very good reasons to get involved with the Pilgrims at the moment – even if it’s only to take your mind off the current economic situation.
“You can get fit with us, volunteer to help at an event, do something daring, come and shake a can, have a charity sporting match, join our lottery, sponsor an event, or adopt us as your charity of the year.
“If you are thinking of organis- ing something, please let us know and we’ll help you to make the most of your event and raise lots of money to help us care for local people.
“Fund-raising is all about having fun and doing something for others. In difficult times like this, fund-raising events can provide a great way to forget all about it for a while and enjoy some light relief. So please get involved.”
Large scale events in the pipeline include next May’s Canterbury half marathon; The Fabulous New Year’s Eve Ball at the G Casino in Broadstairs; the GSE Ball at Ashford International Hotel; the Hospice Grand Ball in Canterbury next May; the Canterbury Cathedral Concert and the 5k Midnight Walk at Deal and the annual Pilgrims Hospice fete, all next June.
Susan Booth says the smallest fund-raising effort is important. She said: “Anyone saying ‘it’s just me and my mum’ will soon realise they are joining a much larger family when they begin to help Pilgrims Hospices.”
The trustees ensure that 83p in every pound is spent on patient care. Current costs are £7.5million a year with forecasts of a £9.5million in five years’ time to meet plans to include patients suffering from terminal illnesses other than cancer.
Susan Booth, head of fund-raising, who is asking members of the public to help out