Posted on 8th December 2015
In a matter of just a few hours, over two exciting days (4 and 5 December), supporters of St Peter & St James Hospice made online donations to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, enabling the Hospice to raise nearly £30,000.
Thanks to the very generous online donations made, which will be matched by pledges from Hospice supporters and the Hospice’s Charity Champion, Candis Magazine, the Hospice has raised this money for its inpatient nursing care service through The Big Give Christmas Challenge. The total raised currently stands at just under £30,000 including Gift Aid.
St Peter & St James needs to raise £2.6m each year and relies on 86% of its funding coming from the community, so The Big Give Christmas Challenge sum will help the Hospice in delivering its vital services to the community. The Hospice always needs support and donations are still needed, so supporters are encouraged to donate online through the website.
Giles Witcomb, Head of Fundraising at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “We’re so grateful to our supporters for going online to help us raise this fantastic sum of money. So many people made the effort, showing commitment and determination to make sure their donations were matched by our pot of pledged funds.
“We would also like to thank our Charity Champion, Candis Magazine, and those supporters who pledged gifts to the Christmas Challenge earlier in the year, helping to create the match-funding pot. Without their support, the online challenge would not have been possible.
“This money will go towards paying for our inpatient nursing care for a whole month, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our challenge doesn’t stop here and donations are always needed to help us meet our costs each year.”
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."