A Burntwood family fun day which raised more than £2,000 for St Giles Hospice has been such a success that organisers want to make it an annual event.
Eunice Davies, who lives in Burntwood, organised the fun day at the Chase Terrace Scout Hut, in Ironstone Road, in memory of her friend Beverley Hardwick with the help of Beverley’s family.
The event, which featured craft stalls, homemade cakes, refreshments, a bouncy castle, a display of vintage vehicles, a tombola, raffle and evening concert, raised a total of £2,013.17.
Beverley, from Hednesford, was diagnosed with a cancer which progressed so quickly that she did not receive care from St Giles.
But her experience showed her friends and family the importance of the hospice’s services and they decided to raise funds for St Giles while remembering Beverley and celebrating her life.
Bethany Richardson, Regional Fundraiser at St Giles Hospice, said: “We would really like to thank Beverley’s family and Eunice for their amazing contribution. You never know when you are going to need our services and the support of our community is vital so that we can continue to help local families when they need us most.
“We spend more than £10m each year caring for local people and their families living with a potentially incurable illness, with only a third of that amount coming from Government funding, so the fundraising efforts of local supporters and businesses make a huge difference to us.
“We hope Burntwood people will continue to support future events celebrating Beverley’s life and memory and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help raise funds for St Giles Hospice.”
Eunice Davies, who organized the August fun day, added: “This was a great event and we’d like to say a big thank you to Ash and Nikki at the Victoria pub in Chase Terrace who helped us to carry on into the evening by hosting the band The Live Wire.
“We are delighted to support St Giles Hospice as it is a local charity which is very close to all of our hearts.”