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Brian House birthday in the Ballroom

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!  




Look what you’ve done with bubbles, bikes and paint

What incredible supporters we have!

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?


  • Fundraising Ball                              Saturday Sept 30th, Tower Ballroom

  • Santa Dash                                       Sunday 3rd December at Sandcastle Waterpark

  • Light up a Life                                  Sunday 10th December in the hospice gardens

Contact the Fundraising team for more details.



We all stand – and sing – together

Volunteers and staff are preparing to take part in a choir event unlike any other. Trinity’s talented singers will be part of the UK Hospices Choir, who are all set to record the Paul McCartney song ‘We all stand together’ for a fundraising album due for release before Christmas.

Singers from across the UK have been in rehearsal as part of the project, organised by Choirs with Purpose and involving ten charities in all.

Trinity has around 20 singers taking part under the guidance of choir mistress Catherine Rae, and they will travel to Manchester in early September for the actual recording.

The aim of Choirs with Purpose is to shine a light – and raise funds – for the ten good causes, including hospices in the UK, and the hope is that the album could be the UK’s number 1 this Christmas.

It’s great to be involved in such an uplifting project and the message of ‘we all stand together’ really resonates across the hospice sector.

There is a crowd-funding campaign on  where you can pre-order the album, and every pre-order counts towards the Official Chart when it is released on 15th December. We all stand together will also be available for download and in the meantime watch for further updates – there is more information at Choirs with Purpose on Facebook and twitter.

Open Up hospice care

One in four people who require end of life care are not getting the support they need – especially those with conditions other than cancer – according to new analysis published by our sector charity Hospice UK, of which Trinity is a member.

The research highlights that there are potentially 118,000 people in the UK with terminal and life-limiting conditions who are not able to access the expert care they need at the end of life.

Hospice care can provide effective symptom relief for people approaching the end of life, as well as spiritual and psychological support or complementary therapies to promote wellbeing. Hospices also provide vital emotional and practical support to families, including bereavement counselling.

Trinity is proud to be part of a new nationwide campaign called Open Up Hospice Care. It aims to raise awareness among the public about the fact that hospice care is available to all people, regardless of who they are; their sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or illness.

Research shows that there are many reasons why people are not referred for hospice, or other end of life care. For example, people with a non-cancer diagnosis are often referred in smaller numbers and at a later stage than people with a cancer diagnosis. This can be because of low awareness among some healthcare professionals about options such as hospice care in improving quality of life for people with a terminal diagnosis.

Also, studies have shown that people from economically deprived areas, minority ethnic communities and LGBT people can experience barriers to accessing end of life care services.

Hospice UK is working with individual hospices to identify and support people who may be missing out on care, especially those with conditions such as dementia, heart and liver failure and lung disease.

Hospices are also leading initiatives to widen access to palliative and end of life in all settings, such as care homes and hospitals, and investing in new technology such as video conferencing to help support this.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK said: “Sadly, many families of people with terminal and life-limiting conditions are missing out on the care they need for their loved ones at the end of life. Hospices are leading efforts to widen access to end of life care, especially by reaching out to more people in their communities and also working in partnership with other care providers, but we know there is more to be done.”

Here at Trinity we are calling on people to show their support by donating to the campaign – read more at

The value of volunteering

National Volunteers Week ran from June 1-7 across the UK – and figures pulled together by 16 local organisations show what an amazing difference volunteers make here on the Fylde Coast.

The snapshot figures, compiled by the Blackpool 3rd Sector Leaders group and including Trinity Hospice, show that in the year ended March 31 2017, those 16 groups were given a staggering 301,986 hours of volunteer help.

If those were paid hours, it would equate to millions of pounds, and for most of the organisations in the survey, it is volunteers who keep vital services running.

Here at Trinity, for example, we received a massive 180,000 volunteer hours. We estimate that our volunteer team hours equate to over a million pounds every year.  Volunteers at Trinity do all sorts of roles – not just in the hospice, but in our high street shops, at our events and supporting many activities across the community.

Streetlife in Blackpool had 16,000 volunteer hours, Together Lancashire 23,920 hours and The Grand Theatre 13,174 hours.  Most of the charities in the survey say that without the help of volunteers, some of their services simply could not operate because there is no additional funding to cover those costs.

It means that Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre’s third sector volunteer economy is huge – and it’s a demonstration of how generous people are when it comes to giving their time and talents to help others.

Deborah Terras, Director of URPotential in Blackpool, chaired the Blackpool 3rd Sector Leaders group and commented: “Volunteers are the life blood of local third sector organisations, and their contribution to the wellbeing of others is simply huge.

“Volunteers across the district help in so many ways: it might be a face to face meeting with someone in need of urgent housing or family help; it could be providing after- school support for parents; sports activities for young people or even a theatre tour. Whatever they do, their contribution is outstanding.”

Trinity’s Chief Executive David Houston is part of the 3rd Sector Leaders group.

National Volunteers Week celebrates the contribution volunteers make, but also stresses that volunteers themselves can benefit from getting involved with a good cause. Volunteers can use existing skills or develop new ones; they can meet new people and make some lasting friendships in roles very different from the one they had before.

And it would be wrong to assume that all volunteers are retired or between jobs – busy mums and dads with work and family commitments still find time to volunteer, as do those in full time education.

Deborah said: “One thing that is clear from talking to colleagues across the area is that there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ volunteer. People are motivated by different things, and they are at different stages of their lives, but the one thing they all have in common is their determination to give their time to help others.

“In a world which seems so often to focus on ‘self’ these figures underline just how many people there still are who are willing to put the needs of others first.”

Taking part in the survey were: Grand Theatre, CAB, Social Enterprise Solutions, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, Revoelution, Mulberry Community Project, First Step Community Centre, N-Vision, Trinity Hospice, Home Start, Blackpool Carers, Together Lancashire, Streetlife, Aspired Futures, URPotential, Blackpool FC Community Trust