Festive challenge raises thousands for hospice

Hospice thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge SUS-151221-155047001

Hospice thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge SUS-151221-155047001

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In a matter of just a few hours, over two exciting days (December 4 and 5), supporters of St Peter & St James Hospice made online donations to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, enabling the hospice to raise nearly £30,000.

Thanks to the very generous online donations made, which will be matched by pledges from hospice supporters and the hospice’s charity champion, Candis Magazine, the hospice has raised this money for its inpatient nursing care service through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. The total raised currently stands at just under £30,000 including Gift Aid.

St Peter & St James needs to raise £2.6m each year and relies on 86% of its funding coming from the community, so The Big Give Christmas Challenge sum will help the hospice in delivering its vital services to the community. The hospice always needs support and donations are still needed, so supporters are encouraged to donate online through the website.

Giles Witcomb, head of fundraising at St Peter & St James Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to our supporters for going online to help us raise this fantastic sum of money. So many people made the effort, showing commitment and determination to make sure their donations were matched by our pot of pledged funds.

“We would also like to thank our charity champion, Candis Magazine, and those supporters who pledged gifts to the Christmas challenge earlier in the year, helping to create the match-funding pot. Without their support, the online challenge would not have been possible.

“This money will go towards paying for our inpatient nursing care for a whole month, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our challenge doesn’t stop here and donations are always needed to help us meet our costs each year.”

Report and picture contributed by the St Peter & ST James Hospice.