Since its formation in 2012, helping others less fortunate has been in the DNA of 1874 Northwich FC and in these difficult times the club has set up a justgiving fund raising page. But rather than asking for donations to plug the shortfall in the club’s budget created by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they are raising funds for their local hospice.
One of the club’s long term charity partners, St Luke's Cheshire Hospice based in Winsford has been affected with all their main fundraising activities being cancelled. The summer season is vitally important for the Hospice to raise the funds it requires to provide the support to patients and families in Mid Cheshire. The annual St Luke’s Midnight Walk, an event that is the mainstay of the hospice’s annual fundraising and one close to the hearts of many of their supporters, is one such event that has been cancelled.
1874 football secretary Vicki England said “Like many terrific organisations they are really finding times tough, especially now they need to purchase more PPE and equipment because of the pandemic to keep staff and patients safe. We hope to play a small part in helping financially and by raising awareness."
"The summer season is vitally important for the hospice to raise the funds it requires to provide the support to patients and families in Mid Cheshire. Last year they supported over 1,000 local people with a huge range of support from end of life care on their ward to supporting carers, and from helping children cope with grief to helping patients return to work after an illness.
St Luke’s has been providing palliative care to local people since 1988, supporting them in ways which go beyond the scope and funding of the NHS. They are a charity and provide all their care for free, so they rely on the generosity and commitment of their supporters to raise more than 80% of costs.
Donations can be made via the club created crowdfunding page - justgiving.com/fundraising/help-your-hospice.