A North Lincolnshire charity that grew from a small group of fundraising sponsors to become a specialist end-of-life service, supporting thousands of local families, is set to celebrate 30 years of care.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Healthcare is planning a whole host of activities and events to mark its three-decade milestone and is inviting supporters of all ages to join in with the celebrations, which coincide with its biggest expansion project in over 20 years.
Lindsey Lodge Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “After five years of fundraising by the local community, our day care centre, now known as the Wellbeing Centre, was opened in 1992 by The Duchess of Norfolk.
“Ten years later, in 2002, Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip cut the ribbon on our 10-bed Inpatient Unit. Here in 2022, we’re delighted to be opening six brand new beds, as well as piloting a 24 / 7 palliative care advice line, called ‘The Butterfly Line’, which really demonstrates how we’ve responded to the growing need for our specialist services over the years.”
The Scunthorpe-based charity has launched a ‘Cheers for 30 years!’ campaign, with an ambitious £300k target, which aims to encourage local people to get involved with the birthday celebrations and help raise the much-needed funds required to run its services. To provide some inspiration, its Fundraising Team has published a ‘30 ways to support Lindsey Lodge guide’ on its website and social media channels.
There is also a family-friendly festival-style ‘Big Birthday Bash’ event on Saturday 18th June at 12.00pm to 6.00pm on Lindsey Lodge’s events field behind the Hospice building. It will feature a DJ and live music, dog show, children’s games, food and retail stalls, as well as a licensed beer tent. Tickets are priced at £5.00 per adult and £2.00 per child, as well as a family ticket option for £10.00 (based on two adults and two children). Tickets are limited in numbers and available now to purchase online at www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk.
The charity is inviting walkers to get up and glow on Friday 9th September. Registration is now open for their iconic 30th Anniversary Glow Walk, which has raised over £570k in funds over the years.
Fundraising Manager Kirsty Walker said: “Our Glow Walk is one of the best loved mass participation events in our calendar, with over 450 people taking part last year, and as it’s our birthday year, we’re aiming for it to be even bigger and better than ever!”
“As well as our ten-mile route, we’ve introduced a shorter five-mile route to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and experience the very special atmosphere that the Glow Walk evening brings.”
As well as pre-event live music and a fun warm up, glow walkers are encouraged to literally light up the night with their outfits and accessories.
Entry for the Glow Walk costs £15.00, and includes a free T-shirt, as well as a well-earned piece of cake and finisher’s medal for everyone who completes the walk. Participants will also receive a fundraising pack to support them with their training and preparation, as well as ideas for gaining sponsorship.
Booking is available now on at www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk, or by phoning the Lindsey Lodge Fundraising Team on 01724 270835.