Delight as hospice cash is doubled

Dr Alan Baron, chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice
Dr Alan Baron, chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice

IT was a case of “make mine a double” for one of the borough’s leading charities as generous supporters raised thousands of pounds.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH) raised more than £45,000 over just two days in December through donation scheme The Big Give and its annual Christmas challenge.

Supporters of the Hindley-based charity went online as funding was released to make their donations to create a new patient entrance at the hospice’s Kildare Street headquarters.

Kind-hearted residents gave £25,441 to WLH through The Big Give, with the majority of donations then being match-funded by business pledges, corporate sponsors and individuals.

WLH chief executive Dr Alan Baron (pictured) said: “The Big Give’s annual Christmas challenge provides us with a massive fund-raising boost and the people of Wigan and Leigh really showed us their support.

“This is a huge challenge as funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis and so we are really grateful to everyone who logged on to make a donation to support the hospice and our project to build a new patient entrance.”

Wiganers wanting to take part had to move fast as the available match funding ran out by 12pm on both days of The Big Give.

The new entrance will give more dignity and privacy to people being treated on WLH’s in-patient unit, which is also being given a makeover through the charity’s Counting on Care appeal, which is backed by our sister paper the Wigan Evening Post.

The hospice wants to raise £60,000 to make the 14-bed unit easier to navigate for people with dementia, with plans including new flooring and lighting, colour-coding schemes, artwork to act as landmarks and changes to the outdoor areas.

To find out more about the charity’s work and fund-raising, visit www.wlh.org.uk