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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Times & Star hospice appeal passes target

You are all our hospice heroes! Generous Times & Star readers have raised more than £20,000 for our Hospice@Finkle Street Appeal.

This is a remarkable Christmas gift for Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s new £700,000 centre in Workington, which is on course to open in February.

Money from our appeal will enable the hospice to buy some of the very best equipment to help people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

People have given generous donations and held cake sales, bingo sessions and coffee mornings to push the Hospice @Finkle Street total to £21,616.

The appeal hit its initial target of £11,000 in just seven weeks, thanks to the generosity of a group of Workington women who donated £10,000.

Margaret James, Lynne Stewart, Maggie Burr and Marie Jolly set themselves the target after their friend and sister-in-law Elaine Burr died of breast cancer in 2012.

They donated the sum to the appeal in memory of Mrs Burr.

The cash will be used to buy equipment in a treatment room which will help hundreds of people a year suffering from lymphoedema.

Work is taking place at the former Derwent Bookshop in Finkle Street, Workington, to bring together the hospice in a single location.

It will complement its palliative care at home service, which will continue.

The Workington hospice shop will also be part of the centre.

Linda Hewitt, chief executive of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “We are enormously grateful to readers of the Times & Star for their generosity.

“The Finkle Street centre is very important to us, as a charity, in helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families and it means that as a hospice we will be able to offer so much more.

“We cannot thank people enough and as we enter our 27th year as a West Cumbrian charity, it means a lot to be able to rely on people’s support.

“The centre will provide an additional resource to enhance the care and support we provide.”

Steve Johnston, Times & Star editor, said: “Our readers have shown amazing generosity in supporting this vital local service.”

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