New Year resolutions to help charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 December 2010

Gill and her son on Mount Kilimanjaro

Gill and her son on Mount Kilimanjaro


A NEW year is just round the corner and Weston Hospicecare is urging the community to set themselves fun resolutions which can also help the vital charity.

The hospice is asking people to organise an event in aid of the organisation or to take part in one of the annual fund-raisers, which helps it to meet its £3million a year running costs. Jennie Bishop, of the hospice, said: “Why not turn it around this year and set yourself a resolution that you want to do, something that you can get excited about, that way you are sure to stick to it.

“And if it can help Weston Hospicecare at the same time then that would be fantastic.

“It doesn’t have to be huge as the tiniest of things really do make such a difference, all we ask is that it’s something that you have never done before, something new.”

Jennie suggests clearing out unwanted clothes and donating them to a Weston Hospicecare shop, taking part in the Mercury’s Mendip Challenge, the Midnight Beach Walk or even setting a personal challenge.

Gill Westlake, aged 61, did just that and made 2010 her ‘year of challenges’, which included joining a gym, climbing Snowdonia and Mount Kilimanjaro.

She has so far manages to raise £1,500 which has been split between the hospice, which cared for her dad before he died in 2005, and UK charity Bliss which provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies.

Gill, from Weston, said: “Watching a loved one being cared for in the hospice is something you will never forget.

“The staff are amazing, absolutely nothing is too much trouble and I take comfort from knowing that my father was so comfortable and well cared for.

“We must ensure that Weston Hospicecare is able to care for all the local people that need to turn to them and I would urge everyone to find a way to make a difference.

“It doesn’t have to be huge just make a pact to yourself to do something new, something different in 2011.”

To find out more about fund-raising events visit or call the hospice on 01934 423960.

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