Rotherham Hospice Young Fundraiser of the Year

by | 17 August 2022 | Community Event, Local Charity, Rotherham

For all his fantastic fundraising efforts, Charlie Thompson was named as Rotherham Hospice’s Young Fundraiser of the Year. Thank you to Thomas Rotherham College and to Charlie’s parents for helping the Hospice to surprise Charlie with his trophy during class!

Charlie’s teacher, Mollie James, said: “Charlie is a fantastic student who works extremely hard, in and outside of college. It’s great to recognise those achievements – truly inspiring!”

As previously reported in Rotherham Life, Charlie completed his sky dive for Rotherham Hospice in March 2022, and absolutely smashed his £500 fundraising goal by raising over £1,600.

He was inspired to complete the challenge after being supported by Sunbeams, Rotherham Hospice’s child bereavement support group, following the death of his beloved Grandad Geoffrey Pollington four years ago.

“I’ve always wanted to do a sky dive, and when I saw it was for Rotherham Hospice, who helped me so much when my Grandad died, I decided this is my way of giving back.

“Sunbeams helped me so much, I would recommend them to anyone needing help.”

Jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet up in the air may seem extreme to some, but Charlie is no stranger to facing challenges, having gained his black belt in karate and passed his GCSEs in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie now studies Triple Sports Coaching at Thomas Rotherham College and is a keen footballer.

Cath Todd, who runs Sunbeams, explains: “Sunbeams is here to support children and teenagers before and after a bereavement. We rely on the generosity of our local community to keep the service running.”

As a charity, Rotherham Hospice needs to raise £3 million each year to keep providing vital care and support to families like Charlie’s. They couldn’t do it without the amazing kindness and generosity shown to the Hospice by the Rotherham community.

If you are interested in raising money for Rotherham Hospice, it’s now easier than ever to do so. Get sponsored for an event and visit Spread the word on social media, tagging the Hospice when you do. Finally, if you shop on Amazon why not choose Rotherham Hospice as your chosen charity? Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to the charity at no further cost to you – a win-win!

Get involved in an upcoming Rotherham Hospice event

  • Saturday 17th September, 12.00pm to 4.00pm: Sunflower Garden Party in the Rotherham Hospice Garden. Free entry – go along and enjoy live music, stalls, food and more.
  • Saturday 8th October: Skydive – a sponsored tandem skydive that you’ll never forget!
  • Monday 7th November: Fire Walk at Rotherham Golf Club. Keep your toes toasty with the Hospice’s sponsored Fire Walk!

Full details at