Why we should all do our bit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping The Hospices -

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.

Im­por­tant

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

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