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Our Fundraisers work incredibly well as a team, which I am very proud to be part of

Firstly, I'd like to say a really big thank you to all the individuals and organisations that support Thames Hospice by arranging and taking part in fundraising activities. We need to raise over £7 million every year to keep the Hospice running and rely on the majority of this coming from fundraising, event sponsorship and donations, as well as the generosity of people who leave us gift in their will.

Fundraising comes in various guises, including the money generated in our 14 retail stores, by our nine Fundraising Groups across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, mass and challenge events, corporate support, Trust and Grant applications, community fundraising, one-off donations and those in memory, raffles and, last but not least, the Thames Hospice Local Lottery. Our Fundraisers work incredibly well as a team, which I am very proud to be part of. One of the reasons we work so well together is that we have the same objective - to raise as much as we can to ensure the work our clinical teams do for our patients and their loved ones can continue.

As a local charity, more often that not, we have the advantage of our community knowing about the services we offer. Sadly, this is usually because they know, or have known, one of the 1,000 patients we support each year. The disadvantage of being a local rather than national cause, is we operate within a limited geographical area, so rely on the same people to continue supporting us and are always left wondering whether we are asking too much of our valued supporters. Although we do receive wonderful donations from people across the country and sometimes internationally, this is primarily through the relatives and friends of our patients.

As I said, fundraising comes in various guises and we are so grateful in however you chose to support us. Our mission is to provide the best palliative care, whether at home or in our Hospice, for individuals and their families facing the end of life in our community - and we couldn't do this without you!

If you would like to donate, organise a fundraising event, or support us in one of the ways mentioned in this blog, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or one of my colleagues in fundraising by emailing us here.

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