A BID to raise £50,000 to bail out a cash-strapped South Tyneside hospice is in the home stretch.
The Gazette’s c/o St Clare’s campaign aims to raise the cash for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow and has now reached £45,438.38, thanks to the generosity of our readers.
Now we’re hoping they will help us over the finish line.
The hospice, in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, has provided palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses for the last 25 years, and has annual running costs of £2m. It has to raise £1.4m of that itself.
This year it is facing a £50,000 shortfall, and in November, the Gazette launched its c/o St Clare’s campaign to help bridge the gap.
Since then, readers have rallied round, organising coffee mornings, fundraising nights, and handing over generous donations of everything from a jar of pennies to £5,000.
Readers have even asked for friends to give donations to the hospice in lieu of gifts for anniversaries.
Now, with just over £4,500 left to raise, we’re asking you for one last effort.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE FOR ST CLARE’S
Gazette editor John Szymanski said: “We are nearly at the finishing line of what has been a fantastic response to our c/o St Clare’s appeal.
“I’d ask readers to give us one final push to help us break through that £50,000 target and help St Clare’s to do what it does best.” St Clare’s fundraising manager Marie Watson said: “Being so close to the final target is very exciting and we’re so grateful for the support we’ve been given by the Gazette and its readers.
“As a registered charity, St Clare’s has to raise the majority of its own funding and although we do have a small yet dedicated team of fundraisers, we still rely very heavily on the help of the public.
“St Clare’s has been a big part of South Tyneside over the years, and being given this kind of support is heartwarming.
“I hope that with the help of Gazette readers, we can get this last bit of money and reach our fundraising target.
“We want to thank everyone who has done something to help so far, whether that’s been through making a donation or organising an event. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to do the job we do.”