Everyone had a great time at the Christmas Shopping Evening at Booths in Poulton on Thursday 30th November. All who came along enjoyed shopping and picked up some nice Christmas gifts while sampling delicious mulled wine and mince pies.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make it a big success raising a fantastic £1500 for the China Trek next year.
There were some unclaimed raffle prizes, if you have any of these winning tickets please contact Fundraising on 01253 359362 to arrange collection.
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It’s starting to look like Christmas here at Trinity and Brian House as we head into a packed calendar of festive events during December.
If you haven’t done all your shopping yet, remember our Shoppers’ Week starts in Main Reception on Monday December 4 – come and pick up some lovely gifts, including items made in our Day Therapy Unit. All our high street shops have some bargain festive items too – whether you are looking for a glitzy party dress or some last minute Christmas cards.
Remember that Sunday December 10 is our annual Light up a Life service in the hospice gardens – there’s still time to make a donation and create a seasonal memory of someone special. All welcome at the service – but remember to dress up warm.
And of course Sunday December 3 is the Santa Dash, when we hope to have 1,500 Santas jogging up the Prom. Come along to say hello ho ho!
Meanwhile, school children across the Fylde Coast are getting fit and elfie by taking part in an Elf Run to raise money for Brian House. There are literally hundreds of little elves and their teachers signed up.
We have some special visitors lined up over the Christmas period – including local school choirs – and we are so grateful for their support. It means such a lot to our patients, staff and volunteers to bring the community into the hospice as Christmas approaches.
If you want to join in some Festive Fun you can organise a Christmas dress up day for us – it can be silly jumpers, Christmas angels, elves or even full evening dress. Get your friends and colleagues together and raise some money to help pay for patient care here at Trinity and Brian House. Just decide on a date and get everyone to make a donation – call our Fundraising team for more details.
Whatever you have planned, have a lovely festive build-up. Christmas is a very special time both here at the hospice and for the families we support in their own homes across the community. We rely on donations to fund our compassionate care – and it’s your help that makes it all possible.
A Fundraising Ball to celebrate the 21st birthday of Brian House Children’s Hospice raised over £66,000 on a glittering night at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Over 400 guests enjoyed an evening of great food, great music and very good company hosted by writer and comedienne Jenny Eclair. Hospice Patron Alfie Boe sent a video message from Los Angeles and a special ‘pop up choir’ made up of hospice staff, trustees, corporate supporters and friends had the audience on their feet after a one night only performance of ‘Come what may’.
With glorious food by Twelve of Thornton, top class music from Paul Guard and Ian Hooper – plus Jean Martyn at the mighty Wurlitzer – it was an unforgettable evening.
Fundraisers from Trinity and Brian House were ably assisted by crew members from HMS Triumph, who have been supporting Brian House for several years and who travelled from their south coast submarine base for the day.
Hospice Chief Executive David Houston spoke about the challenges of funding Brian House and about the exciting opportunities ahead – including an expedition to the Great Wall of China and a bike ride to Paris in 2018. Guests also heard a moving account of one family’s involvement with Brian House.
Once again, the Ball was kindly sponsored by a supporter, which means every pound raised helps pay for patient care. A birthday cake – made specially for us by Molly’s Cake Creations – was wheeled in and the candles blown out by Trinity Matron Julie Huttley. The cake, which was a recreation of a coral reef, was later auctioned for £1,000 to RNS Publications and very kindly given back to the hospice for children and adults to enjoy.
During the night it was announced that Lancs Cricket Captain Steven Croft would be supporting Brian House during his testimonial year in 2018 – what an amazing gesture!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended or who helped behind the scenes. To everyone who donated a prize, bought a raffle ticket, put in an auction bid or volunteered on the night: you made an amazing difference!
Thank you to everyone who has supported our events this year, whether you took part, volunteered or helped promote an event to family and friends, you’ve played a big part in making our 2017 events a huge success so far.
Here’s what has been achieved, with money still coming in from our tenth anniversary illumathon memory walk, and with three big events still to come. It adds up to a huge amount, which will help pay for frontline patient care here at the hospice and out in the community, where our nurses and hospice at home services are busier than ever.
Just look at these figures!
Bubble Rush:£72,000 with 2,260 participants
Fun Run:£55,000 with 2,180 participants
Bike Ride:£24,000 with 800 participants
Colour Splash:£40,000 with 1,500 participants
illumathon: We are hoping to have raised £30,000 from our 10th anniversary illumathon.
But that’s not all! Our Blackpool 10K Fun Run, the St George’s Day Festival in Lytham and the Lytham Festival have all been opportunities for fundraising and for raising the profile of the work we do here at the hospice and across the Fylde Coast. What a year it has been so far.
Why not get involved with our remaining 2017 events?