The Hospice has raised £92,200.83 through its Light Up A Life campaign, Rudy’s Run events and the Tree-cycle initiative this festive season.
Hospice fundraising and lottery manager Veronica McBain said: ‘We are delighted to see such a huge sum raised since November. After a difficult few years for charities, especially one like ours that relies on donations to continue our work, it is truly encouraging to see that we have passionate supporters who are willing to continue donating to us.
“It also comes at an emotional time for Hospice, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, so it’s a great way to kick things off. More information will be revealed about our celebration plans, but supporters and those involved in the Hospice will be delighted.
“In 2021, an incredible 2,831 supporters donated to St Barnabas Hospice for the first time. We are so happy to reach new people who want to help. We have a lot of long standing support that we are extremely grateful, but knowing that we are attracting new supporters is always great news as well.
For the Hospice’s annual Light Up A Life event, over 1,465 people were commemorated with a light dedicated to their name.
Veronica added: “We always see this as a hugely personal calendar event for our supporters, and knowing that people are willing to donate so much means the world. The event raised £53,351.30, including proceeds from gift aid and the torchlight procession.
Rudy’s Run meant that schools and nurseries could send in a festive activity pack and take part in sponsored physical activity in the run up to Christmas. A fantastic £13,434.55 was raised including Gift Aid.
Following cancellation due to COVID-19 issues in early 2021, the Tree-cycle program was also a resounding success this year, with support bookings at nearly 1,500 trees and funds raised totaling 25,414 £.98.
Veronica said: “A special thank you to all the local businesses who made this possible by donating time and resources to this – we couldn’t have done it without you.
“Thank you to everyone who made the end of 2021 and the New Year a success. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous year.