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.”
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"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."