The fabulous fundraising friends of Beaminster raise a stunning total for Weldmar
A series of personal challenges helped give Weldmar’s coffers a boost
A group of Weldmar Hospicecare supporters has raised an incredible £24,072.53 for the charity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Beaminster Friends normally meet around once every three months to discuss fundraising ideas, which usually include social events such as a curry lunch, a bridge tea, or a presentation, but when lockdown came they realised they had to come up with another fundraising solution.
“We decided that we would all take on a series of personal challenges,” explains Sue Dean from the Beaminster Friends committee, “so that everyone could get involved. We also devised a group challenge that we could do safely together, which was the West Dorset Three Peaks, suggested by Trish Harding. We climbed Golden Cap, Colmer’s Hill, and Lewesdon Hill all in one day, only stopping for lunch. That was an excellent get together, and a good time for a natter as well as to raise money!”
Some of those personal challenges included Ros Senior walking the distance of her age over a number of days, and Clare Handford ran a marathon over a series of days. Gay Lewis did lots of walking, and Julia Hailes and Jamie McDonald rode their bikes up and around the three peaks.
Supporters in Drimpton set up stalls at their front gates and raised lots of money by selling all sorts of things such as delicious cakes and beautiful plants.
For her own personal challenge, Sue decided to get on her bike. “I decided to cycle the distance of my age, and I made the mistake of choosing miles, not kilometres, which would have been so much easier! All these personal challenges were such a tonic and helped us boost our grand total.”
Sue says she is amazed at the amount of money they have managed to raise. “Weldmar is very dear to our hearts, but we were completely stunned to be honest. The people of Dorset, and beyond, have been incredibly generous. We hoped we would raise a few thousand, but had no idea we would reach more than twenty four thousand pounds.
“Lots of wonderful friends have supported us to reach this total, which really bowled us over. Thank you all so much!”
Our thanks go to Beaminster Friends for their continued support of Weldmar Hospicecare. They are pictured above, handing over their cheque to Weldmar’s Assistant Practitioner for the West Dorset area, Sarah Hunter.