The Christmas and New Year period may seem like a distant memory, however, the Queenscourt team wanted to give a great shout out about the amazing funds raised from our festive fundraisers.
The total raised so far is an incredible £50,000 and we wanted to say a huge ‘thank-you’ to all those who supported us in any way.
The majority of funding we receive at Queenscourt - over 80% - comes from the fundraising efforts of the residents of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire and not from the NHS, which accounts for less than 20% of our income. This is why every penny raised through fundraising events is so important to us.
The first of our main festive fundraisers was our annual Santa Sprint, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019. It saw more than 350 adults, children and many four-legged friends, turn out to pound the pavements to raise around £19,000 for Queenscourt.
As always, it was an incredible sight to see hundreds of Santas, and the occasional elf, sprint or walk the 3k and 5k routes around the Marine Lake in Southport. As well as seasoned Santa Sprinters, we were delighted to welcome many newcomers to our 2019 event.
Our Lights of Love Appeal proved equally as popular with over 400 people joining us at our services at Christ the King School in Southport and Parish Church in Ormskirk to celebrate the lives of family members.
People were invited to honour the life of someone special by dedicating a light and making a donation to our Lights of Love appeal. The campaign saw Queenscourt’s trees illuminated with hundreds of new lights, all of which were made possible through the support of CPUK Group, the North West's leading Construction Contractor & Civil Engineering company who provided and installed the lights, and EA Formby Tree Surgeons who kindly donated their time and expertise.
A new addition to the appeal saw us introduce a virtual tree, where supporters could share a photo of their loved one and could also create their own virtual tree for someone they love and use it to fundraise for Queenscourt.
Along with many donations, we also received more than 500 messages which were included in our Book of Dedications. The Lights of Love appeal has raised £19,000 to date for the hospice.
Our third festive fundraiser, which brought in around £12,000, was our annual Christmas Tree Collection and recycling service run in partnership with JustHelping. This saw over one thousand two hundred families making a donation to have their real Christmas trees collected from their doorsteps this month.
Again, we have to thank the small army of volunteers and local business owners who gave up their time and used their vehicles to take to the streets. Once collected, most of the trees were shredded, and the chippings will be used in local parks, or turned into compost for farms, golf clubs and garden centres.
Judith Stewart, Queenscourt’s Fundraising and Lottery Manager, said: “There are so many people to thank who donated their time, support, experience and sponsorship to make this year’s festive fundraisers such a huge success. We look forward to continuing our fundraising this year and have an exciting calendar of events being lined up."
“Queenscourt has the most amazing supporters who give up their time to organise and participate in a variety of events, all of which helps to raise much-needed funds so that we can continue providing our vital services.”