Hospice appeal in Peterborough poised for final push to bridge £1 million gap

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Hard-working organisers of the £6 million Peterborough Sue Ryder hospice appeal are braced for a final push to find the last £1 million.

Over the last two years, the fundraising team at Thorpe Hall has been working with businesses, individuals and community groups from across the region to raise the cash needed to fund the building of a new hospice at Thorpe Hall.

So our question is: what will you do?

Head of fundraising Lucy Squance

Now the team is facing a frantic 12 weeks to find the last £1 million before the first patients are admitted.

The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal will finish at the end of June.

Two weeks later the building will welcome its first patients and then the team will have to turn their attention to raising the money to cover the cost of providing care for patients and their families.

Head of hospice fundraising Lucy Squance said: “Through generous support we have raised £3.7 million over the last two years.

“We know where some of the rest of the that money is coming from but we have a shortfall. And that’s what we need help with right now.”

Sue Ryder has launched a national emergency appeal to bridge the £1 million gap.

Ms Squance said: “We know it’s not nice to think about but any one of us, sadly, could need hospice care in the future.

“Thorpe Hall provides that care. To carry on doing that we have to raise this money.

“So, our question is: what will you do?”

Supporters can donate via the website ww.thorpehall.org/donate. Text ‘Thorpe’ to 70007 to donate £3 or send a cheque, made payable to Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal to: Thorpe Hall Hospice, Longthorpe,

Peterborough, PE3 6LW. Call the fundraising team on 01733 225999 to discuss how you can help raise money.

The family of Colin Johnson know how Thorpe Hall Hospice can make those final days more bearable.

Colin’s granddaughter Linsey Beamon said: “The nurses always introduced themselves.

“At the end of their shift they came and said goodbye.

“He was someone, he was Colin, never just the person in bed five.”

The ‘dignity and respect’ Linsey and her sister Charlie Baxter describe being shown to their grandad helped alleviate the family’s guilt when Colin was admitted to Thorpe Hall.

For Alison Fox, Thorpe Hall meant she could stop being her husband George’s carer and go back to being his wife.

George’s doctor organised a bed for him at the hospice.

For eight days, Alison sat with George during the day and slept in the bed next to him at night.

“It was like a weight had been lifted. I didn’t know the best way to care for George. But the staff did. And that meant I had the time to be his wife.”