In October Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care launched Terry’s Bed Appeal, a fundraising appeal to help keep beds open at Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices. Just 7 weeks later the appeal has already raised £147,988 of the £250,000 target.

Supporters have been extremely generous helping to raise the £147,988 after reading an impassioned letter from Terry, who was a patient at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. Writing just before he passed away, he explained the difference the hospice teams made to him before he died. “To be honest, I didn’t really know what they did here at the hospice, but when I needed it, when I was feeling frightened and disturbed, this beautiful place had a bed for me and it felt like a gift. In my eyes, the doctors and nurses are angels in disguise. I’d be devastated if my bed closed.”

Mandy, one of Terry’s daughters, said after hearing of the appeal reaching the half way mark so quickly; “We cannot begin to tell you just how proud Dad would be of the amazing support and the incredible amount of money that has been raised to date. He so desperately wanted to raise important funds to, in his words, ‘keep his bed!’. He was very concerned that Covid-19 had adversely affected the potential to raise much needed funds. You are creating a lasting legacy in our Dads name and it goes without saying, that very importantly, you are maintaining the remarkable level of care for others to receive when they need it too! Thank you to you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

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The appeal’s success has delighted Cornwall Hospice Care’s staff and volunteers. Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising, said; “I want to say thank you, thanks to you and everybody else in our community for supporting Terry’s Bed Appeal. The money raised is keeping beds open at both our hospices and for those who need us most.”

This is a difficult time for the charity with its shops currently closed and fundraising opportunities curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive, added “thank you for everything you’re doing to help us keep our hospices open 24/7 and in support of our NHS colleagues, whether its donating to this appeal or buying a pack of Christmas cards you are making a difference to families right here in Cornwall.”

You can read Terry’s letter in full and view information on ways to get involved and  support Terry’s Bed Appeal here.