We recently scored a triple-whammy at an awards ceremony to honour the heroes living in our community.
Three of our wonderful supporters were crowned winners at the Radio Wave Local Hero Awards, held at Viva, Blackpool on Friday.
Lorna Cunningham, who volunteers in the Day Therapy Unit, is the amazing woman behind our fabulous Memory Elephants was handed the Contribution to Charity award.
She said: “It’s really quite humbling to receive an award like this.
“There’s a whole team involved with the elephants who must also share the recognition for what we have done, and the money we have made.
“It’s a wonderful way to raise the profile of the hospice and what it does.”
Also victorious on the night was Lytham landlord Craig Daniels, who won the Hero for Blackpool Award after his 365-day cycling and running challenge for Trinity in memory of his dad, Reg.
Craig, who runs The County, completed 2,566 miles on two wheels – the equivalent of a whole Tour de France – and 562 miles running – more than 21 marathons over 12 months. He also lost more than three stones in weight!
His tireless efforts resulted in a £6,000 donation to us earlier this year.
He said: “I don’t see the award as being just for me; it’s about raising the profile of the hospice and recognising that people have put their hands in their pockets again and again to support me.
“It just wouldn’t have been possible without them. For me, it’s also about being able to give something back to Trinity.”
One of our Volunteer Complimentary Therapists, Wendy Radcliffe, won the Heart of Gold award for the help and support she provides from the Day Therapy Unit, as well as her support for other charities.
She said: “Trinity Hospice is my biggest passion when it comes to charity work, and I just try to help in any way I can.
“I don’t think I do any more than other people do; there are a lot of people out there doing what they can for these very worthwhile causes. I just think if everyone gives what they can, it
may not be a lot for them but it’ll mean so much to the charity they are supporting.”
We are incredibly privileged to have so many people who support Trinity in whatever way they can, and to have three of those people recognised as local heroes just confirms how truly lucky we are.
Lorna, Craig and Wendy have each done such amazing things for our hospice; raising money so we can provide the best palliative care for all who need it, helping us make the most of every day for our patients and helping people cope with their grief after losing a loved one.
Well done to them all!