Flaming June Fires Up Fundraisers Across The Wyre Forest

12th June 2018

Issue Date: 12th June 2018

The month of June has so far heralded some much needed summer weather for the Wyre Forest and this appears to have fired up people across the area to fundraise for Kidderminster based charity KEMP Hospice.

Thousands of pounds have so far been raised this month for the local charity by people hosting their own events, businesses carrying out charity activities and also by some of the staff and volunteers at KEMP itself.

One company that has raised temperatures this June is Tappeto Lounge at Weavers Wharf in Kidderminster who hosted weeks’ worth of fundraising activities for KEMP Hospice including a charity leg wax. Three chefs from Tappetto agreed to take part, with customers making donations to the chef that they wanted to see brave the wax. In the end all three of them ‘plucked’ up the courage to be stripped in front of customers and Tappeto Lounge managed to smash their fundraising target of £500 by bringing in donations worth £630.

Elsewhere in June a charity football match that benefitted KEMP took place at Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, organised by Our Way Self Advocacy while Bewdley Pines Golf Clubs Ladies team hosted a raffle for KEMP bringing in over £200. £1000 was raised from KEMP’s annual Plant Fair and Open Day which was co-hosted by Kidderminster Horticultural Society and more than £2000 was raised via a sponsored climb of Mount Snowdon which was undertaken by five hospice staff members and two service users. Kidderminster Slimming World group, run by Claire Weir, also saw £250 raised for the local hospice as slimmer’s donated an extra 5p from their weekly membership toward KEMP. 

Head of Fundraising Cathy Sloan said she was amazed at the local fundraising efforts so far this month: “What a great start to Summer. So far this month well over £5000 has been raised for KEMP Hospice through people doing their own events and fundraising on our behalf. It’s so wonderful to know that people care so much about the work of KEMP Hospice that they are prepared to do a charity event or challenge on our behalf. People like Painters Solicitors hosted a charity golf day, Comberton Primary School carried out a bake sale, one long term supporter of KEMP, Shaun Marshall even carried out a 100-mile marathon for us. It’s so humbling to hear of the lengths people will go to to help raise vital funds for KEMP.”

Cathy explained how difficult it is for local charities at the moment: “What people fail to realise is that we rely on the generosity of these donations and we always need people to help us raise funds. When you read that ‘thousands of pounds’ has been raised for a charity it can be very easy to assume that they don’t need any more money – but the reality is that we always do, and we will always need more. We offer our services to people free-of-charge here in the Wyre Forest district, however it costs us to be able do that. Every person we help, every family that has been touched by the work of KEMP has a huge team of incredible carers behind them helping them along their journey and behind that team are countless incredible, generous supporter who make it possible for us to carry out that care. Next year is our 50th anniversary and we really want to go on caring and supporting people right here in the Wyre Forest. People that are dealing with life-limiting illnesses or going though bereavement, we want to still be able to provide that crucial care and support for at least another fifty years, but we can only do that if wonderful people keep on fundraising for us and say ‘yes’ to keep in touch with KEMP. There are so many people locally that need our help, and on behalf of all of them I want to thank our local supporters and let them know how grateful we are for them.”

For information on ways to support KEMP Hospice through fundraising, event participation, challenges or volunteering visit www.kemphospice.org.uk, or call 01562 756000