Take a selfie to help raise money for St Nicholas Hospital Care

Snap a selfie and help a local charity’s bid to raise funds by getting involved with a new fundraising initiative.

St Nicholas Hospice Care, which cares for those across the west Suffolk area coping with long-term and life-threatening illnesses, has launched a new campaign and is hoping, as many people as possible will be able to support it.

The idea was inspired by 15-year-old Hope Drew who has been completing a work experience placement at the charity’s Bury-based hospice.

Hope, who attends the County Upper School, in the town, was tasked by the hospice’s fundraising team to come with a theme for the charity’s annual text donate campaign.

Having been inspired by the hospice’s biggest fundraising event Girls Night Out, Hope, suggested asking people to take pyjama selfies and then donate £1 to the hospice.

Hope said: “During my work experience I have been interested in learning a lot more about the hospice. Although my mum is a nursing assistant at the hospice I have realised there is a lot about the charity that I didn’t know. I respect my mum’s job a lot and how she helps others so this is why I would like to help support the hospice.”

Having started her two week placement at the charity on Monday, October 30, Hope has been spending time with the different departments that help ensure the smooth running of the hospice.

Hope says her time at the hospice has given her the opportunity to see first-hand how much comfort the hospice’s staff are able to offer patients and their families and as many people often wear pyjamas in the winter months for comfort and warmth she felt this was another good reason for the campaign’s theme.

George Chilvers, hospice community fundraiser, said: “I have been really impressed with the theme Hope suggested for our latest text donate campaign. Not only did she use one of our own fundraising events Girls Night Out as inspiration she also drew on the experiences she has had during her work experience too, by highlighting the comfort that we as a charity aim to provide to those in our care and their loved ones.”

You can support the hospice’s campaign by taking a selfie in your pyjamas, donating £1 by texting STNH17 £1 to 70070, and encouraging others to do the same.

You can find out more about St Nicholas Hospice Care and the support it provides by visiting www.stnicholashospice.org.uk

Pictured above, Hope Drew takes a pyjama selfie with her mum Janine, who is also a care assistant on the hospice’s Sylvan Ward.

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