Cardiff-based George Thomas Hospice Care has raised a record amount with its 2015 Light Up A Life appeal, beating its target by more than £40,000.
The appeal, which ran for six weeks until the end of December, raised £82,092, against an original target of £50,000. In addition, the first £75,000 raised will be match funded by Cardiff-based The Jane Hodge Foundation, boosting the overall total to more than £157,000. The funds will be used by the hospice to help pay for the care and support of patients and their families during the year ahead.
The appeal is the charity’s annual major fundraising drive, and offers people the opportunity to give a donation to have messages placed in a Book of Remembrance for friends and family members who have passed away as a result of a terminal illness. A number of fundraising events supported the 2015 appeal, including a sell-out Star Wars-themed concert by the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mike Walsh, chief executive at the hospice, said:
“All of us at George Thomas Hospice Care are delighted with the response to this year’s Appeal. I would like to thank the people of Cardiff for their generosity in helping us to raise a record amount. The sum raised will total over £157,000, which will help pay for the care of over 1,000 patients and their families during 2016.”
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