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Delicious Bake Sales, South Downs Treks & Glorious Golf Days!

By November 18, 2021October 11th, 2022No Comments
Hospice Community Heroes: November 2021 logo with green superhero graphic

We’ve always been astounded by the incredible kindness and generosity of the St Peter & St James Hospice community, but this past year – more than ever – has highlighted just how compassionate and generous people can be.

In honour of our lovely supporters across Sussex and beyond, we publish a monthly round-up celebrating some of our hospice community heroes: a snapshot of just a few of the brilliant people making our work possible. We would love to say a heartfelt thank you to this month’s heroes, and also extend this outwards to the hundreds of others who stand with us in being there for local families living with terminal illness.

Iris Barnes is an incredible 10-year-old girl. Just 3 days after the tragic loss of her Mum, on what would have been her 46th birthday, Iris held her very own bake sale outside her house. She made an amazing chocolate orange cake (as you can see in the photo!), and many friends and family came along, bringing and buying cakes to support Iris’ charities.

Despite pouring rain, Iris and her family had a fantastic afternoon, and raised over £1,400 in two hours – that is over £10 per minute. Iris has split this incredible amount of money between St Peter & St James Hospice and Macmillan, and came in with her family to present us with £725 to help lots of our patients and their families under our care.

We would like to thank Iris and her family for their dedicated support at such an incredibly difficult time – they are an inspiration to us all!

The marvellous Madeleine Cockburn and her friends completed a 10-mile walk across the South Downs to raise money for St Peter & St James Hospice! Madeleine has been doing these walks for 4 years now, and with each year they add a mile – Madeleine will be turning 11 next year so will be walking 11 miles for charity.

Madeline managed to raise a wonderful £350 for us, and said in her lovely letter to us that she ‘hopes this money comes in handy and helps provide many people with with some happiness towards the ends of their lives’.

Thank you to Madeleine and friends, we truly appreciate your kindness!

The brilliant Burgess Hill Golf Centre held their annual Charity ‘Hole In One’ Golf Day in September, with 115 local golfers taking part in hopes of winning the annual Star Prize of £10,000 cash!

Players would need to get a ‘hole in one’ at the notoriously difficult first hole (which even top professionals rarely achieve), and despite the challenge, they were keen to have a go to raise vital funds for us here at St Peter & St James Hospice. All proceeds raised on the day were kindly donated to us, and it raised a fantastic £1,750!

A huge thank you goes to Burgess Hill Golf Centre and everyone who was involved in organising the golf day, your amazing efforts mean so much to us!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everybody featured in this month’s hospice community heroes round-up, we are always blown away by your selflessness and bravery and are incredibly thankful for every single donation.

If you would like to help support our patients and staff over the festive period, please consider donating to our Christmas Appeal fund here. Thank you!