A year of inspirational fundraising for Harrogate hospice care charity

2020 has been difficult for many across our community, but we have been inspired by our fantastic fundraisers, who have continued to do so much to support us where they can.

Here are just a handful of them:

Back in early April, we were delighted to receive some beautifully decorated comfort pebbles, knitted hearts and handmade cards to help our patients and their families get through the physical separation of Covid-19 restrictions. The pebbles were donated by community volunteers as part of a national initiative, and the hearts by friends and local groups such as Killinghall Womens Institute.

Thanks to Harrogate Scrubbers, Bag the Bug volunteers and other community groups, our clinical teams were able to remain cool amid PPE and ensure impeccable infection control. We were also delighted to receive draw-strong bags for patients laundry.

Covid Cooperation, Harrogate, kindly crowdfunded to support of our response to Covid-19, alongside a donation of £2,000 from Gala Bingo and 52lives.

Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation granted us £1,000, to support our Family Liaison role, set up in response to the pandemic.

During April and May, together you ran, cycled, and flipped your way through fun and unique 2.6 Challenges to raise funds, including the inspirational Sofia di Silvestro who completed a 26 piece obstacle course raising over £500 for Saint Michael’s.

With events and traditional fundraising impacted by the pandemic, supporters rose to the challenge…

Thinking up innovative ways to raise money; up-cycling furniture, utilising lockdown exercise time to complete sponsored walking and cycling challenges. Lockdown saw our wonderful Bill Caw growing his first ever beard in support our work.

And under taking breath-taking challenges; including Sue Hobson who has been verified by GuinessWorld Records for a netball goals world record attempt, raising nearly £2,000, Emma Aughton and Muir Mclaren who were determined to take on their own Great North Run challenges, Andy Harris who cycled the height of Mount Everest, and even a stomach churning aerobatic flight around Yorkshire by Derek and Louise.

The wonderful Sandra Boon, whose husband was cared for by Saint Michael’s, presented our Fundraising Team with £2,300 after making and selling face coverings.

Residents of Hampsthwaite coordinated an effort in the village to gather pre-loved items to go on sale in our shops, meaning our first six shops were able to open with some much needed and welcomed support.

And it is not just humans supporting us – 10-year-old border terrier Lily put four paws forward to raise funds for Saint Michael’s, a charity close to her family’s hearts.

Just ‘B’, which has been supporting people locally, regionally, and nationally this year, is Harrogate Soroptimist’s charity of the year, alongside Saint Michael’s. The group are supporting Just ‘B’s work in the community in remembrance of a late member.

Together, members of our lottery raised over £200,000 during 2020 as we celebrated 20 years of winners and positive change made possible by players.

Supermarkets, well-known brands and independent businesses have also been keeping our hardworking colleagues topped up with refreshments and even treated to a relaxing massage course.

Each year we are also proud to be supported by our Business 500 Club, Guild of Patrons, and local trusts, who provide invaluable strategic support, alongside the businesses, clubs, schools, and organisations who support us as their charity of the year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Saint Michael’s and our family of services this year – we could not provide the care and support we do without you, our remarkable community.



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