Glos10k - Charity
Glos10k - Charity 

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

The hospice was absolutely delighted to be approached to be the chosen charity for the virtual Gloucester 10k in 2020. Everyone at Leckhampton Court was excited by the opportunity to raise awareness of our services across the county and specifically in Gloucester where many patients and families have been touched by our care. With Covid-19 preventing the event from taking place we really hope everyone will get behind the event.

Since its foundation 40 years ago, right up to the present day, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is the only provider of specialist inpatient hospice care for the whole of Gloucestershire. The hospice provides expert care for people living with conditions like cancer, lung disease, heart failure and neurological conditions (not only cancer). Services include a 16 bed inpatient unit, hospice at home team and day services as well as family support team and specialist therapies. The hospice is completely free to patients and receives its funds from a combination of statutory funding (30%), alongside income from its 450 charity shops nationwide and local fundraising activities (70%).

With fundraising events cancelled and with all 450 shops closed the charity found itself in a desperate situation. In order to secure the funds needed to continue operating our hospice and hospice at home services across the county beyond June we urgently need ongoing public support and therefore launched an emergency fundraising appeal.

Sue Ryder welcomed the funding announcement from the government, the charities share of this funding, along with the warm response to our emergency fundraising appeal so far, will help us continue to provide our services until the summer. However, with our fundraising events cancelled and our shop doors still currently closed, we anticipate a significant longer term impact on our fundraising and trading income for the remainder of this financial year and beyond. Once we are able to reopen our shops it is unlikely that they will return to normal trading levels for a long time due to the potential extension of social distancing and the longer term impact of the economic downturn. Fundraising activity and events are also unlikely to return to normal for some time. Sue Ryder therefore urgently needs ongoing public support for its emergency fundraising appeal if the charity is to secure the funds needed to continue operating.

Your help raising awareness and joining the 10k this July is invaluable so we are extremely grateful to all those entering and taking part this year. Should you or any friends wish to further support our emergency appeal we would, of course, welcome further donations which can be made here:https://glos10k.org/Donate/ or, if you want to start collecting amongst your friends, use the orange “Start Fundraising” button here . Please note that the Glos10k can't accept registration monies paid over the JustGiving pages.

Once again we are delighted to be the beneficiary charity this year, a huge thank you to The Rotary Club of Gloucester Quays, Davies & Partners and to each and every one of you taking part this year. Have fun, stay safe and enjoy taking on your virtual 10k challenge.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice