IN spite of the gloomy economy, St Nicholas Hospice Care has been able to say a big thank you to its fund raisers.
The Bury St Edmunds hospice says people have continued to support it by volunteering, fund-raising and making donations.
The year’s fund-raising highlights included the third Girls’ Night Out walk in September, which raised £110,000, the second Towergate Accumulator Challenge, in which businesses raised more than £40,000 between June and September and hundreds of other events organised on the hospice’s behalf by the public.
A £156,000 grant from the Department of Health transformed the hospice’s Orchard Centre, allowing rooms to be refurbished with better patient facilities and for the gardens to be landscaped to provide easier access for patients and their families.
The hospice also rolled its Hospice Neighbours scheme, trialled in Stanton and Haverhill, to Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Newmarket. The neighbours are volunteers who visit patients in their homes to do helpful tasks.
Acting head of fund-raising Kevin Clements said: “We are extremely lucky to have such a passionate and skilled network of volunteers who help us to fund-raise for our vital work.