RESIDENTS are being urged to support their local hospice when they meet up with friends and family this summer.
Wigan and Leigh Hospice is asking residents to arrange a summer tea party and raise funds for the charity at the same time as seeing loved ones.
The hospice has seen its income severely impacted by Covid-19 with shops shut for months on end and fundraising events cancelled.
Time for Tea is a way for local people to help the hospice continue providing compassionate care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
Meeting family and friends
Sophie Cannon, Fundraising Manager, said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult 18 months and we all can’t wait to be able to meet up with family and friends again after July 19th.
“Time for Tea is a way of doing something amazing at the same time as meeting up with those we have missed. Simply enjoy a brew, a cake and a natter while raising a few pounds for a good cause!
“There are lots of resources available on our website including invitations, bunting, posters and a tea-themed quiz. Whether you prefer tea, coffee or a G&T all you need to do is supply the refreshments and invite your guests. You can also hold a tea party at work or even host a virtual tea party – it’s up to you.”
Staff at the Hovis bakery in Golborne chose Wigan and Leigh Hospice to be their Charity of the Year for 2021 and have already held a Time for Tea event which raised £90. So far this year they have raised £275 for the Hindley-based charity which cares for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Making time for tea
Dave Mallett, Site Manager at the Golborne site, said: “We are all delighted to have the opportunity to both work with and support Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Our colleagues are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the charity this year and of course making time for tea!”
A Hovis spokesperson added: “The last 18 months have been particularly challenging for a lot of people, including our colleagues. Our teams have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure the baking and delivery of our loaves. As a business we felt it was important to raise morale, not only at our sites, but also the communities in which we operate. As a result, we asked each of our sites to nominate a local charity that they felt passionately about and wanted to support during 2021. There were a number of deserving charities nominated but the team at Golborne voted Wigan and Leigh Hospice as its winner.”
Photo: Dave Mallett from Hovis