Prospect determined in spite of estimated £2m funding dip

By Barrie Hudson - 6 August 2020

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One of the Swindon area's best-loved charities has vowed to stay positive in spite of the pandemic hitting funding.

  • The charity is undaunted - but needs help

    The charity is undaunted - but needs help

Prospect Hospice in Wroughton cares for some of the area's most seriously-ill people, as well as bringing comfort to their loved ones.

It estimates that the coronavirus lockdown could cost it as much as £2m because of charity shop closures the cancellation of fundraising events - but has started planning for 2021 to give supporters something to look forward to.

The hospice relies on public support for the bulk of its income.

Hospice events and community manager Amy Francombe said: “The cancellation of all our events has hit us really hard but we can’t dwell on that. 

"We have to stay positive and look forward to bringing our supporters together when we can to raise funds for the hospice.

“We’ve been working really hard to get everything in place for our 2021 events and I want to thank all the venues we’re working with for their support in getting these dates in the diary. 

"We know our supporters love our events and really want to do something to help us. We can’t wait to see everyone again.”

The hospice’s flagship fundraising event, Starlight Walk, will take place on Saturday 26 June, leaving Swindon Town Football Club ast about 8pm. 

The event sees hundreds of people pounding the pavements around Swindon in a circular walk, and raises thousands of pounds each year. All money raised at the event goes directly toward paying for nursing care.

This year, to celebrate the hospice’s 40th anniversary, the charity was planning to host 80s-themed events, and the theme will stay for 2021. 

Supporters are encouraged to dig out their leg warmers and crimp their hair in readiness.

Earlier this year, the charity introduced a shorter version of the Starlight Walk for children, which starts much earlier. The event will return in 2021 and will take place on Sunday, 7 March.

Amy added: “We were planning a new event for 2020 but Covid-19 had other plans for us.

"We had so much interest that we simply had to try again, and It’s a Prospect Knockout will take place at the Swindon Cricket Ground on Sunday 18 July. 

“For those who remember the TV programme back in the 70s and 80s, you’ll know what fun it can be. For those who haven’t seen it, I encourage you to Google it. 

"Once you see it, I know you’ll want to join in.”

For full details of all Prospect Hospice 2021 fundraising events, and to register your interest in taking part, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/events

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