Lincolnshire Co-op has raised £144,000 for hospices across the region, which will help support the services caring for those with life-limiting conditions.
The Co-op has raised the funds in the three-month period between March and June, with staff and shoppers taking part in a range of activities, volunteering exercises, and helped to raise awareness of the work that hospices do.
Hundreds of colleagues took part in a sponsored pedometer challenge, as well as a 12k trek along the Cleethorpes coastline by food store colleagues.
Local shoppers also contributed to the fundraising campaign, by donating £1 every time they booked a trip with the Co-op’s 13 travel branches around the county – it added thousands to the total raised.
Lincolnshire Co-op community engagement manager Sam Turner said: “We’re over the moon that communities have come together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for these great causes.”
The hospices, which were presented with the donations at a ceremony in Olsen, Lincoln, are from all over the county:
- St Barnabas Hospice, Lincoln
- Beaumond House Hospice, Newark
- Butterfly Hospice, Boston
- Bassetlaw Hospice, Retford
- Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Scunthorpe
- Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough
- St Andrew’s Hospice and Andy’s, Grimsby
- The Norfolk Hospice, Kings Lynn
- Dove House Hospice, Hull
St Barnabas Hospice received a donation of over £104,000 that will be shared between their Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough, Grantham and Spalding services.
Head of fundraising and marketing for St Barnabas Veronica McBain said: “It’s breathtaking to have received something of that magnitude.
“It equates to roughly over 850 hospice-at-home visits, which means our nurses can go into patient’s homes and deliver the hands-on care that’s important at the end of life, which is a wish many patients want these days.
“It’s because of the community shopping at their local stores and other fundraising efforts that Lincolnshire Co-op has been able to deliver this. It is absolutely out of this world.”
Corporate fundraiser Caroline Swindon added: “This donation will make a massive difference in what we’re able to do to care for people across the county.”