Spring is definitely here, summer is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: events season is in full swing here at Trinity Hospice and Brian House.
The Bubble Rush got us off to a spectacular start in April with 1,500 people enjoying some foamy fundraising fun. Money is still coming in but we hope to top £50,000!
The Beaverbrooks 10K saw around 2,000 participants race along Blackpool Promenade on what was a glorious day (if a little warm for the serious runners!) and it was wonderful to see so many people taking part in memory of a loved one cared for here at the Hospice or by our community nursing services.
Thank you to the amazing club runners for setting such a fast pace – but a huge well done to all the fun and fancy dress runners too, who really make the event such a spectacle.
We are now gearing up for the annual Bike Ride on June 3 and Colour Splash on June 10.
Online entries are open, so why not get involved in our wonderful summer of FUNdraising for Trinity and Brian House?
Don’t forget the special one-off event supporting Trinity Hospice on June 2 – our Patron Alfie Boe performs his ‘homecoming’ concert at Fleetwood Town Football Club, and £2 from every ticket sold comes to the hospice. A fantastic gesture from Alfie and from Fylde Coast promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Thank you!
Our President, Jimmy Armfield, CBE, DL passed away peacefully on Monday 22nd January at the Hospice surrounded by his immediate family.
It is a huge understatement to say that we will miss Jim. To Trinity Hospice he was our President, our most loyal supporter and an ambassador across the entire community over many years. He leaves an astonishing legacy and all the staff, Trustees and volunteers here say that it was an immense privilege to be able to care for him, and his family. Our flag flies at half mast in his honour.
We know Jimmy was a public figure, but the family respectfully ask for privacy at this time.
Trinity Chief Executive David Houston said: “Jim will be very much missed. As our President, he was a regular visitor to the Hospice and to our events. He would read at our annual Light up a Life service; say grace before dinner at our Fundraising Ball, and on more than one occasion cut the ribbon to open one of our high street shops. Wherever he was, people wanted to shake his hand and he made time for everyone, such was his generosity of spirit.
“He was witty and insightful, and knew many of our staff and volunteers. Over the years he and his wife Anne did so many good things for Trinity and for the wider community, it comes as no surprise to see the number of heartfelt tributes being made in the past couple of days.”
Head of Fundraising Linzi Young said: “I know he would be very touched by the donations people have been making to the hospice, and by the idea of Saturday’s match at Bloomfield Road. People will choose their own way to remember Jim and celebrate his life, but the fact that the hospice which was so close to his heart will benefit, is a fitting tribute to him.”
UPDATE: Donations to Trinity Hospice made in Jim’s memory have topped £20,000. Thank you to Blackpool Football Club, to all supporters in the town and beyond; and to all the people who have given so generously to the cause which meant so much to Jim and his family. We are so grateful.
It was an amazing year – now let’s do it all again! That’s the message from Brian House, which celebrated its 21st birthday during 2017.
December was the official anniversary of the first children being welcomed through the doors back in 1996, but despite a monumental fundraising and awareness campaign over the past 12 months, the challenge of funding continues into the New Year and beyond.
Each year Trinity Hospice subsidises the running costs of Brian House, because otherwise it would operate at a deficit. At any one time Brian House cares for around 80 life-limited children and young people from all across the Fylde Coast and demand for its services increases year on year. It gets no money from the local CCGs and less than £200,000 a year from the Department of Health.
But the birthday year was a special one in terms of fundraising: In April our new Bubble Rush attracted 2,000 participants; in September a Fundraising Ball in Blackpool Tower raised £60,000, there was a first-ever Brian House golf day at Royal Lytham and early in December the Santa Dash saw a record number of competitors. But the aim now is to maintain the momentum, to keep the cash coming in.
Linzi Young, Head of Fundraising for Trinity and Brian House said: “We had a wonderful year. The new events worked really well and we were genuinely moved by the way local people rallied behind Brian House in its 21st birthday year. But the truth is that we can’t stop. In the coming months we will continue to raise awareness of the hospice – we launched a new brand identity for the hospice in September – and put extra events into our very busy calendar.
“Last year was a real success in getting the Brian House name out across the Fylde Coast, and helping spread the word that we’re the only children’s hospice for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. But now we just start again; working hard to inspire people to get involved and support us for another 12 months.”
Little Elena Williams has attended Brian House for regular respite care for the past five years. Now aged six Elena has complex needs and the hospice plays an important part in the lives of her family, who live in Blackpool. In late 2017 Elena was named Child of Courage at the Radio Wave Local Heroes awards, after being nominated by the Brian House staff. Throughout the Brian House 21st birthday year she is one of the children who have helped promote the hospice and its work through inspirational photographs and case studies.
Sister Carol Wylde, Clinical Manager at Brian House said: “We were thrilled for Elena and her family. She is a lovely little girl who has a smile for everyone and we take real delight in seeing her progress; but she faces many difficulties. Brian House offers respite so that her family can have some ‘down time’ from the 24 hour care she needs.
“Elena is just one of around 80 local children currently supported by Brian House. We help the children and young people using our services to make the most of every day and help their families with the huge demands placed on them because of their child’s condition.
“We said that a 21st birthday for us would be a poignant one: we are all aware that some of our families will never celebrate a coming-of -age with their child, but here at Brian House we fill the days with happiness, ensure that families are supported and create some fantastic memories, no matter what the future holds.”
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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