The Five Stokes Fundraising Group for Marie Curie met for their AGM on Monday 17th September. The group have been very busy over the year and have organised daffodil collections, serviced collection tins and held a Blooming Great Tea Party. Since forming in 2014, the group have now raised an impressive £37,430.19, which will be enough money to fund 1,871 hours of local nursing care in the community.
Last month, the group organised a hugely successful online auction to raise funds for Marie Curie. The auction ran during the last week in October where members of the local community bid on a wide selection of prizes, including cinema tickets, beauty products and even a signed Worcester Warriors rugby shirt. The auction ended on Sunday 28th October and the final amount raised will be posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Jane Marshall, a member of the group, said:
“We chose to end the auction on 28th October as when most of us are enjoying an extra hour of sleep, Marie Curie nurses will be working an extra hour. The middle of the night can be the hardest times for patients and families and it is in those darkest hours that this care can make the biggest difference. Our Marie Curie nurses, work through the night, providing an extra hour of care to people living with a terminal illness, and their families.”
The group are currently getting ready for their upcoming events, including running a stall at the Thornbury Christmas lights switch-on, which is taking place on Tuesday 20th November between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, and their big Christmas fundraising event, a wreath making workshop. This will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday 5th December in Stoke Gifford with a minimum donation of £25 to secure your place before the event. This will include all wreath making materials, guidance on making your wreath and refreshments. For ticket enquiries, please email email@example.com or contact Jane on 07909 966367.
They are also looking for people to help collect for the charity this festive season. Signing up for a Christmas collection with Marie Curie is easy and collecting can be extremely enjoyable. If this is something you might be interested in, please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/collecting to find your nearest collection or contact community fundraiser Helen Isbell (details below).
The group warmly welcomes new members and if you are interested in helping to make a difference through raising funds in your local community and would like to find out more about the fundraising group in north Bristol, please call Helen Isbell on 0117 924 7275 or 07880 503513 or email Helen.Isbell@mariecurie.org.uk
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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.