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The hospice offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants up to five years old who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Like most charities who rely on donations, it’s seen its income severely hit during the past 12 months as a regular calendar of sponsored events has been cancelled.
But Zoë’s Place in Liverpool says it’s had fantastic support instead from individuals and groups who’ve gone above and beyond to come up with creative ideas to fill in the fundraising gap.
“Even through the tough times, the Liverpool community has always been there for Zoë’s Place, and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. We are continually bowled over by their incredible kindness, generosity and support.
“Now, as we look to the brighter future that lies ahead, we are asking that Liverpool continues supporting us so we can return to providing round-the-clock vital palliative, respite and end-of-life care to all the babies and infants – plus their families – that so desperately need it.
“We are still providing the care and support to our families, but this is on a reduced service. Knowing just how important these services are, we are keen to get back to the 24/7 operation we are used to, as soon as possible.
“With news of a successful vaccine roll out and Covid-19 cases coming down, I am feeling very hopeful that, with Liverpool on our side, it won’t be long before we’re there again.”
Here are seven fantastic ways fundraisers have been there giving support …
The Canoe Challenge, which took place on Saturday September 19th 2020, saw 11 teams come together to canoe 20 miles of the Leeds – Liverpool canal.
The Covid-secure event raised over £8,000 – a significant increase on previous years – and was the first (and last) physical fundraising event the team was able to organise during lockdown – so even better, then, that it took place on a beautiful sunny Saturday!
Mum Rachel, whose daughter Annie attends the hospice for respite, joined in the 30 in 30 Challenge in October to walk, run, swim or cycle 30 miles in 30 days.
Annie’s Army – Rachel, her three children Ava, Paul and Annie, her sister Danielle and nephew Thomas – took on the challenge every day, recording a Boomerang as a memory before each walk, and raised £2011.25.
Rachel says Zoë’s Place staff are doing the best job looking after all the special babies of Liverpool, so fundraising is their way of giving back. “I would say to anyone who is thinking of fundraising, just go for it” she adds. “You can fundraise in any way you want to and every bit of money, whether it’s a big or small amount, goes a very long way in caring for our babies.”
Peasefield Road neighbours joined together to put on a shining festive light display and made it into the national press and onto Sky News! Frank and Theresa, along with the rest of their street, put up the lights in November and carried on fundraising until the end of January, raising a total of £7182.27.
They got in touch with the fundraising team at Zoë’s Place to set up a Just Giving page and text donation number and they put out buckets at the end of their gardens for any extra donations.
After their success in 2020, they are now planning to do this every year for Zoë’s Place and go bigger and better each year.
Frank says: “We are happy to do anything we can as a community to help to make a difference to them. The sense of pride myself and the rest of the street felt to have so many people visit our lights and help us to raise so much money was fantastic.”
Zoë’s Place supporters helped to raise over £5,000 from a Light Up a Life campaign, with community and business donations from October to December.
With 306 lights sponsored, there was a big increase in online donations via lights on its virtual tree meaning that, although there were no physical collections at the usual switch-on events, there was a large amount raised locally and even internationally.
An Easter campaign will launch in the next few weeks, so watch this space!
Stan Hughes florist first arrived at Zoë’s Place with a huge bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers in August last year and they’ve been coming every week ever since, delivering fresh flowers free of charge to the hospice.
“We love having fresh flowers in our reception area,” says Zoë’s Place Head of Care, Flo. “It really helps to brighten the place up and lifts all our spirits. Stan Hughes are very generous and their kindness has made such a difference during these difficult months.”
Appreciate Group, which is a gifting and engagement company specialising in creating joyful experiences, has supported Zoë’s Place since 2019, and kept that support going during the pandemic.
Around 50 colleagues battled the elements in January and February and walked around 18 million steps between them to raise funds for Zoë’s Place.
Seven teams competed against each other with some individuals walking 700,000 steps. They raised more than £650 and a Christmas Jumper day, match-funded by the company, added another £904.
Workmates at Saputo Dairy took part in Run Aintree and raised £800 for Zoë’s Place.
The team members had a choice of running or walking a half marathon, 10K or 5K distance on the flat course of the world-famous Aintree Racecourse. One runner ran the half marathon, two runners ran the 10K and 4 runners ran the 5K.
The team then topped up that final amount by £200 from Kirkby’s community budget.
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