Pilgrims Hospice Gift It Again 2013 appeal is launched
Hot on the heels of its successful Treecycling fundraiser, Pilgrims Hospice Ashford has launched its Gift It Again appeal for 2013.
Do you have that box of lavender toiletries or those cufflinks that your uncle gave you which you will probably never use or wear? Then you can donate them to Pilgrims Hospice Ashford. Or maybe you are a great bargain spotter, and could donate your surplus sale goodies?
With Gift It Again you can take unwanted gifts to collection points across the region, or to the hospice itself on Hythe Road, Willesborough. Trolleys are currently sited B&Q Ashford, Sainsbury’s in Hythe and Sainsbury’s in New Romney but will move to new sites each month.
The gifts donated are then used as prizes throughout the year to raise funds for the charity.
Regional fundraising manager Nigel Donkin said: “We had some fabulous gifts given to us in 2012 which formed the basis of many, extremely popular tombolas, at both Hospice based, and local community events. This year we would like to expand our Gift It Again scheme so more people have the chance to donate new and unused gifts. We are also keen to find more venues to site the trolleys.”
B&Q Ashford and Rolltek International donated materials and Colin Page, a hospice volunteer designed and created the trolleys to collect gifts.
Paul Carr, Ashford B&Q’s representative on the Helpful People’s Forum added “B&Q are keen to support local community projects. It is a pleasure to be able to help Pilgrims Hospices, a charity that is so important to the people of east Kent.”
If you would like to have a Gift It Again trolley at your place of work or business for a week or two, please contact the Ashford fundraising office on 01233 504111 to arrange this. You can also ring to find out where your nearest trolley is. The campaign will run throughout 2013 so we can reach as many people as possible.
Last year more than £9,000 was raised by donations from Gift It Again in the Ashford and Shepway area. Money raised this year will enable Pilgrims to continue to offer care free of charge to patients and families.