Halton Haven Hospice’s annual Forget Me Not Week fundraising campaign returns this month and will see people, companies and groups across the local area ‘Go Purple’ to raise funds for the Hospice.
Sharon and Jenny Allan, a mother and daughter from Runcorn, are two of those who will be Going Purple to raise money for the Haven.
“My mum, Shirley, spent the last four weeks of her life in the Haven,” said Sharon. “Her care there was outstanding. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders and I became my mum’s daughter again and not just her carer. This was because of the excellent team that worked and supported my mum.”
Sharon, who works alongside her daughter Jenny at Homestead Nursery in Frodsham, wants to repay the Hospice staff for the time they spent with her mum. “The staff were a great support network for myself and my family and nothing was too much to ask them. They gave my mum back her dignity and treated her with so much compassion and respect. Without the Haven we would have struggled to provide the care my mum needed. In return we cannot thank the nurses enough.”
The Forget Me Not Week fundraising campaign encourages people to do any purple-related fundraising to raise vital funds for the Hospice. Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager, said “Sharon, Jenny and all the team at the nursery have got an exciting week lined up – there’s been talk of gunging staff, making cakes and everyone wearing purple! The beauty of the campaign is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you would like to hold a coffee morning, a cake sale, a charity football tournament, or sponsored head shave, there’s always a way to make it purple for Forget Me Not Week.”
“We money raised by local people during Forget Me Not Week is absolutely vital to us as a Hospice. It is only because of everyone doing their bit that we are able to find the £1.25 million shortfall we need every year to keep the Hospice running. Without ordinary people from across Halton and surrounding areas raising and donating money, the Hospice wouldn’t exist.”