Bury Hospice has thanked people for the overwhelming support during the lockdown period, while also urging others to help supporting fundraising efforts where they can. Many people have undergone challenges to raise money for the hospice, with their regular income from events ceased due to Covid-19.

Whilst the last few weeks have been difficult for everyone, never before has our motto that we are ‘In the Community, for the Community, about the Community’ been more relevant.

The hospice has chosen several heart-warming fundraising stories to share with you, which shows the community support they have received. They include:

  • The ‘Jolly Boys’ – a group of Bury men who raised more than £8,500 following a head-shaving challenge.
  • Bury Grammar School launched their 450 Challenge in a bid to raise £4,500.
  • Katie Geelan, musical director of Bury community choir and Encore, organised her group to produce an anthem in memory of arena attack victim Olivia Campbell-Hardy, which raised £1,400.
  • The Bury Hospice Dance With Me Lockdown Challenge led by Hospice trustee and volunteer Deborah Lisle raised £1,600. You can watch the winners perform their dance here:

Home-made craft sale
raises nearly £1000 for Hospice

Eight-year-old Maisie Maddison and her sister Hallie, aged six staged a socially distanced sale near their home in Rose Grove. The sisters sold homemade crafts, including keyrings, magnets, glasses and cards, alongside packaged sweets, cakes and gifts, and even a lucky dip. Fellow members of the 14th Bury St Stephen’s Brownies and Rainbows have also been fundraising and collected nearly £1,000 for the hospice.

Inspired by the care her father is receiving from the Outreach service, Lesley Woods wanted to give something back by donating the profit from her successful family perfume business, Sweetheart Scents by Essens. She set out to sell 100 bottles of perfume during May and donate the profits to the hospice. Lesley sold 106 bottles of perfume and donated £710 from profit sales and donations.

Lesley’s brother, Ian Berry and his family also wanted to fundraise for Bury Hospice. Ian’s son, Oliver Berry, aged 15 from Woodhey High School and his friend Joe Emery, aged 14 from Bolton School are taking on a challenge to play 100 holes in one day at Harwood Golf Club on July 6. The boys have already raised £1,200 and surpassed their £1,000 target.


The Bury Hospice Dance With Me Lockdown Challenge Winners

Best Dressed
Kasey and Kelly Wallis

Best Group
Tina and Jed Morris

Best Dance
Sue Johnson

Funniest Dance
Lisa Mullineux

As Bury Art Festival has been postponed, festival stalwarts, Pat and Derek Fletcher and their friend Lynne Baird decided to organise a Hike and Bike fundraiser in June to help make up some of the funds, which would have been raised from the Art Festival.

We have just launched a new fundraiser that reaches out to families who have missed their summer holidays…and in turn could help us raise money at the same time. Whether you have camped in the past or not, we are inviting you to join us on our Bury Camp Out! Simply set up a tent in your garden or house and donate a ‘pitch fee’ to take part via our new JustGiving page: https://justgiving.com/campaign/BuryCampOut

Don’t worry if you haven’t got a tent to pitch in the garden…or even indoors! You could camp in your lounge in home-made tee-pees. Set aside the weekend of Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 to have fun!

Looking ahead, we have a new 24-hour challenge event currently in development to be added to the hospice’s fundraising calendar, which will run over 24 days during August. Details to follow on our social media soon!

Nurse Kay Byrne is running the London marathon on October 4, in memory of her Dad who passed away in the hospice after a short battle with cancer.

Nick Snape is raising funds by selling copies of his photographs. There are three pictures of St Anne’s Church. They are £10 each for a digital file or £12.50 for an A4 print – £10 from each picture will be donated to the hospice, as he is just covering his printing costs. Copies of the pictures are on display on the windowsill in church. If anyone would like to order copies, please email nickhp@hotmail.co.uk

It is community events like these, the hospice asks people to support, as whilst they cannot fundraise themselves, community fundraising is invaluable.