Hospice mission to the Moon and back to raise vital funds

Hospice mission to the Moon and back to raise vital funds

by Danielle Thompson (September 2020)

QUEENSCOURT Hospice is going on a journey... to the Moon and back!

Hospice chiefs want fundraisers of all ages to get involved with their latest fundraising initiative, which is centred around their very own ‘Team Buzz’ made up of Queenscourt staff.

The pandemic has resulted in all of Queenscourt’s usual fundraising events, including its flagship Star Trekk night walk, being cancelled this year which has led to a substantial loss in funding. The hospice cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

The fun initiative was inspired by Queenscourt ward sister Kristina Ackers (pictured below) who, along with other members of Team Queenscourt, wanted to find a way they could offer support in these challenging times.

Kristina said: “If we could, we would walk to the moon and back for our patients and their families every single day.”

With that thought, the fundraising idea was born!

Team Buzz have pledged to walk a minimum of 2,000 miles during this month (September). The distance represents the number of families Queenscourt supports in just one year.

Team Buzz is asking people to pledge to be active every day during the month of September, with a target of aiming to complete 10,000 steps, or exercise for one hour which can include any sport, gardening – or even cleaning. 

You may want to enter as an individual or as part of a team with family and friends. Entry costs £12.50 per person or £40 for a family of two adults and two children and will include a bright yellow T-Shirt for you to decorate and wear as you are embarking on your chosen activity.

In addition to paying the entry fee, Queenscourt would also love to see everyone taking part seeking sponsorship from friends and family to boost their individual fundraising totals.

Dianne Gillespie, event fundraiser at Queenscourt said: “We are aware that many of our supporters will take part in memory of a loved one or because Queenscourt Hospice has supported them personally, or simply because they want to get fit and support their local hospice at the same time.

“Whatever the motivation, we are enormously grateful to everyone who gives up their time to get active for our cause. We hope that lots of you will join us on this very special mission.”

l For more details or to enter go to www.queenscourt.org.uk/moon andback or to support Team Buzz, go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/qchmoonand back

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