An Update on Terry's Bed Appeal
When patient *Terry was admitted to Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell he was so shocked that his bed might be under threat that he offered to support an emergency appeal Cornwall Hospice Care was launching. Just three and a half months later the quarter of a million-pound appeal has only £35,000 left to raise.
The appeal story so far
Terry wrote a letter just before he died in which he said; 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. I’d be devastated if my bed closed.” Now the Cornish healthcare charity is urging people to walk the appeal over the finishing line by taking part in their virtual Hospice to Hospice event, as fundraiser Oli Hoare explains; “Our supporters have been amazing, we’re so close and need just one last push to reach our target. The Hospice to Hospice walk is aimed at all abilities and ages and the idea is to walk, jog or run the 37-mile distance between our two hospices, but somewhere local to you (that’s less than a mile a day!).”
Terry’s Bed Appeal has been boosted by the charity’s Lottery Christmas Draw, their Silly Santas campaign and the annual Light Up A Life remembrance event, along with online donations and support from Trusts. Oli again; “The appeal aims to protect our hospice beds, but we also need to keep them open in the future so if Hospice to Hospice isn’t for you, please can you consider a regular gift, perhaps £3 a month? It’s been an extremely tough year for us, but Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices have remained open 24/7 throughout the pandemic and we’re determined that our beds and the keyworkers who support them, will be here for patients and families who need us now and in the future.”