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Building on hospice’s blue project with £500 donation

Posted onPosted on 6th Aug

A Newark housebuilder has made a donation to a local hospice to show support for its awareness campaign.

Ashberry Homes has backed Beaumond House Community Hospice’s Bright Blue Campaign with a £500 gift.

The Bright Blue Campaign was created by the Newark hospice to raise awareness about its work and involves local people and businesses putting up blue decorations around the area.

Beaumond House offers support to people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses within a 15-mile radius of Newark and has an in-patient unit, a hospice at home team and day therapy sessions, which have had to be adapted during lockdown to work remotely.

Cathy Lowe, fundraising and marketing manager for Beaumond House, said: “This is the fifth year that we have been fundraising and raising awareness using the Bright Blue Campaign, and this year has been the most challenging.

“It costs over £1m a year to run the hospice and we get about £480,000 of that from the Clinical Commissioning Group, so that still leaves over £600,000 that we have to raise ourselves, which is why donations like this are so important to us.

“During this lockdown period we have not been able to hold the same number of fundraising events as previous years, but we have been overwhelmed with the support we have received. It’s donations, like this one from Ashberry Homes, that will ensure that we will be able to carry on giving long-term support to our patients and their families.”

Ashberry Homes is currently building two, three and four-bedroom houses at its Middlebeck development, which is located just over a mile away from the hospice, off Bowbridge Lane.

Sales manager for Ashberry Homes’ Eastern Counties division, Rachael Gatehouse, said: “Beaumond House Community Hospice does such tremendous work for people in and around Newark.

“As a housebuilder in Newark, it is important to us to support the whole local community – and in particular, local good causes – especially in a time where fundraising events have had to be postponed or cancelled.”

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Pictured, from left, are Ashberry’s, Chrissie Fielding and Hannah Berry with Cathy Lowe, hospice fundraising manager, and Kat Wright, events and corporate funding.