Cash challenge raises £4k for Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 September 2015

Members of staff from Sainsbury's in Worle.

Members of staff from Sainsbury's in Worle.

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BUSINESSES across Weston-super-Mare have raised more than £4,000 for Weston Hospicecare by signing up to an investment challenge earlier this year.

The hospice, which is based in Thornbury Road in Uphill, launched its Nifty Fifty campaign which encouraged businesses to turn a £50 lump sum into as much money as possible during the course of 50 days.

The £50 starter funds were donated to the hospice by Weston College and its principal, Dr Paul Phillips, presented the winning business with an award last week.

The campaign raised a total of £4,334 and the business which raised the most money was Sainsbury’s in Worle, where staff created hampers and raffles to raise more than £1,000.

Store manager Simon Luffman said: “We took the £50 and made up two hampers worth £25 each, which we then raffled.

“This raised £450 and we used this to make some bigger hampers, which we raffled again to raise even more money.”

John Bailey is the hospice’s director of patient services. He said he was delighted with the amount of money raised by the campaign.

He said: “The support and care people receive at Weston Hospicecare is amazing and 70 per cent of our funding comes from donations.

“This is not the wealthiest community and for an area like this to keep a service like Weston Hospicecare going is amazing. It is why we have to think of new ways of raising funds all the time.

“The Nifty Fifty campaign has been very successful.

“We will be looking to repeat it in the future and hopefully raise even more vital money.”

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