KEMP Hospice Summer Raffle

1st August 2018

KEMP, the Wyre Forest’s only day hospice and bereavement service is hoping this summer will continue to sizzle for one lucky winner as they launch their £1000 summer raffle campaign with raffle tickets landing on local doorsteps in the next week.

Books of raffle tickets are being delivered to over a quarter of all homes in the district, arriving on doorsteps from 6th August, with the aim of raising much needed vital funding for the local charity. The KEMP Summer Raffle has a top prize of £1000 cash which has been kindly donated, alongside printing and delivery costs, by four local businesses.

It costs over £1.4 million pounds to operate KEMP, who provide crucial care and support to people dealing with a life-limiting illness or bereavement.

In 2018 KEMP expect to look after over one thousand families with their care and support services. To put that into perspective that equates to every 100th person in the district needing KEMP's help this year.

 

This year’s fundraising raffle features the story of Elaine, a wife who relies on KEMP Hospice as lifeline, as they support her and care for her husband Andrew who has Parkinson’s disease.

Elaine shared her story so that people could understand the difficulties that families face when a loved one has a life-limiting illness. She explained what she has gone through: “Ten years ago our lives changed when Andrew was diagnosed. I now care for him 24 hours a day and it can sometimes be very overwhelming. The sad thing about Parkinson’s is that the body is there but there’s no soul, the eyes are blank and I feel as if I’m slowly losing the man that I love. Earlier this year Andrew had a fall and he said to me ‘Is this the end? I don’t want to go yet!’ – I just sat and cried. What could I say to make this right?

As a wife or a mother it’s your job to put it right, but there was nothing I could say. Thankfully we were told about KEMP and he now visits them once a week and it’s been the best thing ever for us. Andrew is so well looked after; he loves it there. He does activities and is always laughing with his friends, something he doesn’t do at home. While he is there I am able to have a day to myself and to recharge my batteries, and I know that the minute we walk through the doors at KEMP we both breathe a sigh of relief, knowing how much he enjoys his day. With their support I can look at the future with a little more hope and I hope that people get behind their summer raffle.”

Head of Fundraising at KEMP Hospice, Cathy Sloan (pictured with KEMP CEO Heidi Hawkins) said that this summer’s raffle is even more important than ever: “KEMP has been there for people in the Wyre Forest district for almost 50 years, providing vital support and care for the local community.

Every year more and more people need our help, people like Elaine and Andrew, and every year it gets harder to raise enough money to help them all. 

We know that money is tight for some people and that there are a lot of other charities asking for money; a book of our Summer Raffle tickets costs less than a couple of drinks from a coffee shop, and that money goes towards caring and supporting for so many people.

Going without a few cups of coffee and buying our raffle tickets instead means that you are supporting people in your community that need our help at their darkest time.”

Cathy added that this year’s KEMP Summer Raffle would not have been possible without help from Wyre Forest businesses: “The incredible generosity of Doolittle & Dalley estate agents, Frontline Cleaning, TLC Care At Home, Vasight Commercial Building & Maintenance, Cleobury Dental Practice and Cheshires Laser Mail Ltd means that we have a prize of £1000 to offer people and ensures that a quarter of all households across the district will receive our raffle tickets in the post over the next week.

If anyone would like extra raffle books too they can contact me at KEMP Hospice on 01562 756000. This summer’s raffle prize really is a great prize in aid of a great cause – please support us!”

KEMP Hospice provides specialist care for people affected by life limiting illness and gives support to those who have been bereaved in the Wyre Forest and surrounding areas.  KEMP ensure patients are treated with dignity, and are given choices about their care and they enable them to access services to improve their quality of life. All the care is given free of charge, therefore the kindness and generosity of the local community is absolutely vital in ensuring that KEMP’s services can continue.

 

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For more information please contact Dean Roberts-Lowe, KEMP Hospice PR & Communications Officer on 01562 756000  or dean.roberts-lowe@kemphospice.org.uk