Campaign raises over £45k for cause so far

St John's Hospice.
St John's Hospice.

The Guardian and Visitor’s Save our Hospice campaign has so far brought in £45,618.13 to help keep the hospice running.

Numerous local people have taken the campaign to their hearts, with dozens of fundraising events being held across the district to boost the coffers.

These include a zumbathon, a skydive, cake sales, tea parties, fun days, indoor bowls, a university bike ride and a loom band sale as well as Guardian and Visitor-led events such as a virtual balloon race, a book sale, charity single and the Visitor’s Sunshine Ball.

The campaign has been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as celebrities such as singer Cerys Matthews, designer Wayne Hemingway, X Factor’s Paul Akister and Joe McElderry, Eric Morecambe’s daughter Gail and TV antiques expert Paul Hayes.

Hospice head of fundraising Catherine Butterworth said: “Working alongside our local papers to create an appeal which will allow for support for the hospice for many generations to come has been vital to ensure the general public understand the role the hospice has to play in the community.

“Whilst we have already raised a fantastic amount of money, we cannot put a price on the coverage that the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor have given us by telling our story.

“We need the hospice to be here for the future and I know we the help of the readers we can achieve this.”