A year in fundraising; our fantastic supporters
2020 has been difficult for many across our community, but we have been inspired by our fantastic fundraisers, who have continued to do so much to support us where they can. Here are just a handful of them:
Back in May, one of our fantastic volunteers and supporters Wynn Griffiths, walked one million paces for us in a month.
After isolating himself due to Covid-19, Wynn started counting his paces via his mobile phone – adding up his steps around the house, garden, and on local walks in the North Yorkshire countryside, raising nearly £2,000 to support us in the process.
In August, supporters Shirley Osbaldeston and Christine Wiper Gentry reached new heights by taking on a skydiving challenge to support us following the care we provided to friends in the past.
The pair ticked off the ultimate 10,000-foot challenge from their bucket list, and raised over £2,500.
In the autumn, Northallerton GP Lorraine Hiles, along with fellow runner Clare Tempest, swapped the landmarks of London for the byways and highways of Thirsk after the London Marathon was cancelled. Lorraine and Clare took on the local 26.2 mile route, raising over £1,000 to support our work. Lorraine said: “As a local GP, I’m all too aware of the importance of Herriot Hospice Homecare and I hope my fundraising will help the charity one step further towards its goal of creating inpatient care at the former Lambert Hospital. It feels good to be running locally for a valuable local charity and I’m very grateful to everyone who has sponsored me so far.”
And finally, who can forget 100-year-old Joyce Richardson, from Thirsk. Back in June, ahead of her milestone 100th birthday, great-great-grandmother Joyce challenged herself to complete 100 ‘stand ups’ for us – a significant challenge after a period of ill health where she nearly lost use of both of her legs after a stay in hospital with sepsis last summer.
Taking on her inspirational challenge in May, former Land Girl Joyce completed 106 ‘stand up’s in total, inspiring people from across our region and beyond.
Joyce, whose motivation for supporting us was to say thank you for the care we provided to her late son and family last year, raised over £30,000 to support our work with those living with terminal illness and bereavement across Hambleton and Richmondshire.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Herriot Hospice Homecare this year – we could not provide the care and support we do without you, our remarkable community.Blog Posted 14th December 2020