Local end-of-life care provider St Catherine’s Hospice is looking for people to join a new Friends group for Reigate and Redhill.
Unlike other areas of Surrey, the charity currently has no voluntary fundraising groups in the Reigate and Redhill area to help contribute to the £6m it needs to raise every year to keep its services going.
St Catherine’s provides end of life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across Crawley, Horsham, East Surrey and Mid Sussex.
Lawrie Mallyon, Community Fundraiser at the charity, said:
“Last year our 15 Friends groups across Surrey and Sussex raised £150,000 for St Catherine’s through putting on events, as well as raising the profile of the charity in their areas. These groups are vital to St Catherine’s and the money they raise means we can care for our patients and their families. Our Friends groups are a great way to meet new people, get involved in putting on events and making a real contribution to looking after those with terminal illnesses in your community. All our Friends groups are supported by St Catherine’s Community Fundraising Team who are there to support you, provide resources and be your link to the charity”.
An information evening is being held at Regiate Community Centre, part of Reigate Methodist Church, on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 7pm. St Catherine’s said:
“By attending, there is absolutely no commitment to join up. The evening will involve Community Nurse, Esther Walker, talking informally about her job as part of the community nursing team and also members of the Tandridge Friends group will be present, to share ideas and discuss what it’s like to be a Friend of St Catherine’s. The group has celebrated three years of fundraising and will share how they didn’t know each other or anything about fundraising – but have now raised more than £35,000 in support of the hospice and made become friends along the way.”
“Each group is flexible to your schedule and how much time you can offer. Each group needs a few core members but all of them will need people they can call on to help. Some groups meet regularly, some have members who dip in and out on a basis that works for them – as long as you’re clear with the time you can offer, it can work out.”
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