ONE of Woking & Sam Beare’s youngest fundraisers, Chloe, was given an extra special tour of the new hospice last Thursday, being taken around the building site in the company of the Mayor of Woking Anne Murray, who chose the hospices as her charity of the year for the duration of her time in the post.
Chloe, now 12, whose father passed away from Motor Neurone Disease when she was only six years old, has been an active supporter of the charity ever since. Last year she featured in a hospice fundraising campaign, telling her story publically to raise awareness of the work the hospice does to support children who lose loved ones. She subsequently raised nearly £600 earlier in 2016 by holding a coffee morning and presented the donation, in person, to the charity’s Chief Executive, Nigel Harding.
Chloe’s most recent fundraising scheme came to a close yesterday when a prize draw was pulled in a raffle that she organised after contacting local companies to gather prizes. She then worked hard to sell tickets, also offering the chance to win to builders working on the new hospice site, and the Mayor. Later in the afternoon, she continued selling tickets to the guests of the event ‘Teas on the Rec’ in Bisley, also in aid of the hospices.
More than 1,700 tickets, at a pound a ticket, were sold in advance of the draw and, along with the proceeds of the tea party, a very generous donation will shortly be presented to the Hospices, all in aid of the New Build Appeal.
Regarding Chloe’s fundraising she explains: “It’s lovely to see a young person who has been through such a tough time, devoting herself to help an important cause. She is only 12 and to think of other people in the way she does at that age is really great.”
Chloe and her mum, Irene, were equally blown away by the structure, which is taking shape fast. They said: “It’s just amazing how much space there is and how they have thought about everything. It’s brilliant.”
The Mayor previously visited the hospice build seven months ago, before being inaugurated, and was very impressed with the progress, saying: “It seems so much bigger. It’s fascinating to see all the elements coming together.”
There are many ways that supporters can raise money for the hospice. Contact the Community Team on 01483 881752 who will be happy to advise and help make your fundraising ideas into a reality.