Leigh Lions Roaring Success

27 February 2017

MEMBERS of Leigh Lions Club have raised £400 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s fundraising appeal.

Leigh Lions

The funds were raised through fundraising initiatives including family events during summer and the club brought Father Christmas to supermarkets in winter.

All of the money raised will go towards the hospice's Counting on Care fundraising appeal which aims to raise £50,000 towards the modernisation of the Inpatient Unit (IPU).

President of the club, Jennifer Curry, said: "We have Father Christmas and his sleigh outside supermarkets and we hold fetes and carnivals which raise money. We put it into our charity account then have a meeting and work out which charity to give it to.

"We always give to local charities and a former Lions member has recently been cared for by the Hospice so we thought it was appropriate that the donation should go to the Hospice."

The Hospice is currently raising money towards the costs of refurbishing all patient bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms and the IPU corridor. All patient bedrooms will get new radiators, lighting, decor and furnishings and an extension will be built to create more storage and a Nurses' Reception. Dementia-friendly principles, including colour-coding and new signage, will be utilised throughout the IPU which will make it easier for all patients and visitors to find their way.

The Hospice cares for over 1,000 people from Wigan and Leigh with life-limiting illnesses every year and also supports patients' loved ones.

Work began in January and is expected to take until the end of the year.

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