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Hospice tackles second lockdown with new virtual events and call for urgent support

THE pandemic has dealt another blow to Weston Hospicecare with shops closed until at least December 2.

The hospice will release a series of fun and seasonal virtual fundraising activities in response to the latest restrictions.

Not only does this increase much-needed support for the hospice but some virtual activities will help you look after your mental health too.

The hospice’s Director of Fundraising Mark Flower said: “The hospice has had to close all charity shops to comply with the latest lockdown restrictions.

“This means the hospice will be impacted by further loss of income which is vital to support the world class care given to those with life-limiting conditions in Weston, North Somerset and Sedgemoor.

“We recognise that this pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone but it is crucial we come together to support this phenomenal charitable service.

“Over the coming days and weeks, we’re going to release a huge series of virtual fundraising events.”

Here’s a list of all fundraising activity taking place between now and Christmas:

  1. The Big Virtual Challenge, back bigger and better, from November 5. The Big Virtual Challenge is back, bigger and better than before! Take on a half marathon, full marathon, a 50 mile ultra-marathon or a 100 mile monster marathon at your own pace and in your own place.  Do it all at once or break it up over the 30 days to smash your distance and claim your exclusive Big Virtual Challenge medal.
  2. The Big Virtual Balloon Race, book your flight from November 7. Sit back and watch the race on your smart device from November 24. Those who enter are in with a chance of winning a real hot air balloon ride as the prize.
  3. 2020 Community Christmas Care Appeal, from November 14. This appeal is a pledge appeal, every pound donated will be matched. To be launched on 14 November 14.
  4. Blue Friday! Look out for the hospice’s twist on Black Friday on November 27.
  5. The Big Virtual Pet Show, the much-loved virtual pet show is back. Enter from November 29.

Mark Flower added: “Whether you can give to our crucial Christmas appeal or take on The Big Virtual Challenge, which is back bigger and better, there’s a variety of ways to support your hospice.

“#FromMyHeartToMyHospice really caught the imagination of our supporters with cake bakes, sponsored diets and whole host of other activities.

“Our supporters are incredible and have been amazing during the pandemic. However, we urgently need you to get involved with these events to help secure vital future services.”

Supporters of the charity can also make dedications for the Light Up A Life event which takes place on Monday, December 7. For more information, visit the hospice’s website or call 01934-423900.

For all the information about how to get involved during lockdown, visit westonhospicecare.org.uk

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