Christmas community spirit smashed an Ottery St Mary fundraising drive to give a much-needed boost to end-of-life care charity Hospiscare.
The Rusty Pig’s Ho Ho Hospiscare draw, which aimed to raise £500 for the charity, collected more than £2,000 for the cause after the community rallied in support.
Businesses piled on extra prizes as the total topped all expectations, and the draw raised £2,300.
Robin Rea, Rusty Pig owner, said: “With times being hard for so many, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by the local community.”
Toni Hiscocks, local Hospiscare fundraiser, said: “Thank you so much to everybody who supported us, especially the local businesses that have donated vouchers – it’s been absolutely phenomenal.”
She added: “The coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected Hospiscare’s fundraising events.
“We need community support more than ever – we need the charity to survive more than ever.”
The fundraising event ‘totally smashed’ its £500 target thanks to the support from those living in Ottery and the surrounding villages.
By the end of the night some £2,300 had been raised, which was boosted to £2,550 thanks to a £250 donation from the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC).
The top prize was a stay for four people at Mazzard Farm Cottages, in Ottery, plus a meal at the Rusty Pig, in Yonder Steet, and luxury hamper donated by Knights Farm Shop.
As the total soared, Mazzard Farm and Rusty Pig both pledged an additional top prize if more than £2,000 was raised, throwing in a stay and a meal, including afternoon tea for four at Coldharbour Farm.
The two top winners are gearing up to enjoy their prizes in 2021.