Big Drop raises big money for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 June 2012

Hospice volunteers Eve Alden and Lisa Morley.

Hospice volunteers Eve Alden and Lisa Morley.

Weston Hospicecare

MORE than £4,000 worth of goods were collected during Weston Hospicecare’s The Big Drop event to help combat the charity’s stock shortages.

Drop sites at Weston’s Asda and The Sovereign Shopping Centre, Brean Leisure Park, DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel & Spa, Cheddar Garden Centre, Worlebury Golf Club and Wrington Reading Room collected more than 320 bags from generous people in the community.

Worlebury Golf Club was the event’s biggest collector with a tremendous 79 bags of donations in the space of just three hours.

Simon Lawrence, aged 42, of Highbridge, gave up some of his time to help during the campaign thanks to his employer ASDAN Education which runs a volunteer scheme.

He said: “It was great watching the donations come in. I’m so pleased it’s gone well and stands to make considerable money for the hospice.

“I’m now looking forward to doing more volunteering with the hospice later in the year and would urge others to do the same.”

The event also attracted influential community figures, groups and organisations including entrepreneur Michelle Michael, the NGAGE 19+ group from Weston College and the Angels from Heart FM who came to drop sites to lend their support.

John Penrose MP was the first to make a donation at The Sovereign Shopping Centre and said: “Weston Hospicecare and other worthy charities wouldn’t survive without donations from the public so I was delighted to support their campaign by donating a bag full of items.”

The charity is now looking ahead to its next Big Drop event but still needs donations every day. If you have items to donate then take them to your nearest Weston Hospicecare shop.

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