Just­Giv­ing gives hos­pice a mil­lion rea­sons to cel­e­brate

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

STAFF at East Cheshire Hos­pice this week handed out a mil­lion ‘thank-yous’ af­ter re­ceiv­ing some good news from one of the world’s big­gest so­cial plat­forms.

Just­Giv­ing, the on­line site for char­ity giv­ing, have just in­formed the team at East Cheshire that they have raised £1m from do­na­tions on the site.

Since start­ing to use the ser­vice in 2012, more than 2,500 pages have been cre­ated for the hos­pice by in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies want­ing to raise money in a va­ri­ety of ways.

From sky-div­ing to cake-bak­ing, all pro­ceeds go di­rectly from the Just­Giv­ing site to the hos­pice, mak­ing it an easy and ef­fec­tive way of fundraise.

“Peo­ple use it to raise spon­sor­ship money when they’re tak­ing part in one of our events or to col­lect memo­rial do­na­tions,” says sup­porter care man­ager at the hos­pice, Carol Frain. “It’s also a re­ally easy way to col­lect money for peo­ple em­bark­ing on their own chal­lenges.”

The Just­Giv­ing site is pop­u­lar with sin­gle in­di­vid­u­als such as Vic­to­ria Smith, who has raised more than £2,300 in mem­ory of her mother Lind­sey and groups of friends such as the Goost­rey Wheel­ers, who cy­cled 850km across Croa­tia gain­ing more than £1,200 in mem­ory of their cycling mate, David Ma­cauley.

Com­pa­nies us­ing the site have in­cluded the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal con­sul­tancy firm, the Adel­phi Group, whose em­ploy­ees do­nated £1,462 af­ter com­plet­ing a 26-mile cir­cu­lar hike around Bolling­ton in July and McCann Manch­ester who raised £3,600 af­ter a com­pany team com­pleted the Three Peaks chal­lenge last Oc­to­ber. Some peo­ple use it over long pe­ri­ods of time, such as Carla Gilder whose fit­ness com­pany has raised £10,000 by or­gan­is­ing a se­ries of events and chal­lenges over a year and Lucy Wa­ters who is rais­ing money by com­plet­ing one chal­lenge a month through­out 2017.

Cur­rent chal­lenges us­ing the site in­clude Vivi­enne Wor­rall who has al­ready been given £2,000 in ad­vance of her trek up Kil­i­man­jaro next Fe­bru­ary.

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