A four-year-old girl, frontline nurses and footballers are among a host of charity champions from Exmouth rallying around Hospiscare to raise funds amid the coronavirus crisis.
The charity estimates a loss of £1million in funds by June because lockdown laws have shut charity shops and put a stop to scores of fundraising events.
Exmouth and Lymsptone Hospiscare is having to find an extra £1,800 a month to fund PPE equipment for its nurses.
Hospiscare said Exmouth had ‘come up trumps’ in its support, thinking up imaginative ways to raise funds for the charity while social distancing.
Lucy Hancock, Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare fundraising and promotions manager, is keen to hear from those willing to fundraise for the charity.
She said Hospsicare was reliant on public fundraising, adding the full impact of the pandemic on the charity remains unknown.
Lucy, whose four-year-old daughter, Beatrice raised £255 for the charity with her artwork, said: “Our absolute priority is protecting Hospiscare and ensuring the charity is still here at the end of this and continues its part in the community supporting those in need at the end of their lives.
As a charity, Hospiscare relies upon the fundraising support of the community to provide its vital service.
“The coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected Hospiscare’s fundraising efforts with all twenty of our charity shops forced to close and our fundraising events and public-facing activities cancelled.
“We have predicted a loss of over £1 million every three months until we can hopefully return to our normal levels of activity. The full impact of the pandemic on our fundraising remains unknown.
“We need our community’s support now more than ever to help our charity survive and ensure that we continue providing vital, specialist care for people living with a terminal illness in the heart of Devon.”
She added: “Hospiscare is a local charity to Devon – not the NHS and not a national charity –an adult hospice who looks after over seven hundred patients at any one time.”
The charity has thanked wedding and party hire business Pop Goes The Weasel Studio for donating masks for Hospiscare nurses.
Lucy said: “The PPE use has added an extra £1,800 a month to our costs.
“We are using fifty masks a day and approximately three hundred gloves.
“All patient contact requires PPE now, which has been quite an adjustment for our team.”
Brixington Blues players have raised more than £1,000 for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, totting up their daily exercise miles, walking, running, cycling, hopping and skipping the equivalent distances needed to reach Wembley from Exmouth seafront, and Manchester United ground, Old Trafford.
Players have also exercised the same distance of travelling to the Paris Saint-Germain home pitch and back to Wembley.
Their latest challenge is Dortmund’s pitch – a round trip of 1443 miles. See the JustGiving page here.
Pam Warren, long-term Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare supporter, raised £313 walking 26 miles, taking part in the 2.6 challenge.
The youngest fundraiser was Beatrice Hancock, aged four, whose 2.6 challenge was to paint, draw and colour 26 rainbows to decorate the offices for the Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare nurses, at Highview Gardens.
Frontline workers Hospiscare@Home nurses Rosie Gedye and Allison Lowe, knitted 26 rainbows between their shifts, selling them to staff.
A social distancing bucket collection raised £177 thanks to volunteer and supporter Linda Hockings, who spent VE Day afternoon collecting from residents holding parties in front gardens in Lyndhurst Road, The Colony, Lawn Road, Marpool Hill and The Hollows.
Her daughter, Amanda Hockings-Cooke has teamed up with her mum, selling handmade crafts – donating all the profits to Hospiscare. See their JustGiving page here.
An online photography course, organised by Rhian White Photography, raised £200 for Hospiscare thanks to the photographer donating 20 per cent of her fees to five chosen charities. For more information, see here.
Donations to Hospiscare have been made in return for free virtual ballet and bop dance classes run by Emma Wilkie-Adkins, at Starting Pointe Dance and Performing Arts. See Miss Emma’s JustGiving page here.
If you have plans to fundraise for Hospiscare, contact Lucy Hancock on 07793 621090 or email email@example.com