Car raffle raised £47,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice
The shopping centre became home to a brand-new Bowker MINI and a special raffle to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Each summer St Catherine’s joins with another leading local business to launch their annual car raffle. This year, it was Bowker MINI’s turn! The brand new Mini featured in St George’s Shopping Centre where shoppers were given the chance to buy a £2 ticket for the chance to win a brand-new MINI, whilst supporting local hospice, St Catherine’s who care for people with life shortening illnesses. This was a great chance to promote both the raffle and the hospice thanks to St George’s generous customers.
Andrew Stringer, St George’s Central Manager, says ‘We are very happy to support St. Catherine’s in their fundraising efforts for such a worthy charity. Their outstanding care is second to none, so the exciting raffle was a hit with many of our customers who were all very happy to donate to such a commendable cause.’
The St George’s Centre: Helping hospice news reach more local people
The busy St George’s shopping centre in Preston city centre is a valued partner of St Catherine’s Hospice, the largest independent local charity in Central Lancashire.
St Catherine’s supports people in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble affected by life-shortening conditions like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure to have the best possible quality of life, until the end of life. The hospice’s diverse team is here to look after the little details as well as the big issues, providing support for patients and their families from diagnosis to bereavement.
But as a local charity which must raise £3.5m of their £5.2m running costs, their work simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local community, including local businesses.
St Catherine’s is proud to partner with the St George’s Shopping Centre on several key fundraising and engagement initiatives throughout the year, helping to generate vital funds whilst raising awareness of the work of St Catherine’s and providing a presence for the organisation in a busy city centre hub.
Lottery membership canvassers
The St Catherine’s Hospice lottery is a valuable source of sustainable income for the charity. Members pay £1 a week to play, with the regular income it provides helping the hospice to budget and plan for the future – something which is so important in the often unpredictable world of fundraising.
St Catherine’s works with an external canvassing company called SEC who visit community locations to promote the lottery and encourage new members to join up. They spend time at St George’s Shopping Centre on a weekly basis, and so far this year have attracted 573 new members via their stand in the shopping centre. Over the course of a yearly membership alone, this will raise an extra £30,942 per year to support the hospice’s specialised care and support.
Light Up A Life tree
Light Up A Life is one of the hospice’s most long-standing and poignant events, set up soon after St Catherine’s opened in 1985. It offers people the chance to remember a loved one over the festive season, and helps raise valuable funds for the charity.
The Light Up A Life tree in St George’s Shopping Centre offers those who cannot attend the dedication service at the hospice for whatever reason – potentially because of transport or simply because they find it too difficult to return to so soon after the death of a loved one – another chance to be part of this special campaign by hanging a dedication on the tree.
Having a presence in the St George’s centre over the busy Christmas shopping season is incredibly important to St Catherine’s, both in terms of fundraising but also by highlighting to local people that their loved ones are remembered and their local hospice is there to celebrate these special lives with them at this important time of year.
Last year the Light Up A Life tree at St George’s centre attracted over 1000 dedications and raised an incredible £4,807 to fund patient care at Christmas and beyond.
Education and awareness
Hospices can still be considered scary or depressing places by some people who have not had experience them of them first hand. St Catherine’s works hard to try and break down these barriers and dispel the myths that can still surround hospice care, and St George’s Shopping Centre provides a fantastic avenue for this community engagement work.
Nurses from the hospice’s Knowledge Exchange team have spent time in the centre providing an opportunity for shoppers and members of the public to chat first hand with the team, providing information, advice and reassurance about the services the charity provides.
Not only does this play an important part in ensuring those in Central Lancashire who could benefit from hospice care feel confident and comfortable to access it, it also helps re-enforce St Catherine’s as an important local charity which is worthy of its community’s support.
In conclusion, the positive relationship St Catherine’s enjoys with St George’s Shopping Centre is an asset to the charity and helps the hospice fulfil its mission each year of supporting local people to enjoy the best possible quality of life, and to have comfort and dignity in death.