THE New Year has started with a smile for fundraisers and patients at the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Since last year staff in the north east region of banking group HSBC have pledged to support children’s charities as part of the ‘Little Angels’ initiative. A year of fundraising culminated in the Light Up the Sky ball which raised £30,000 on a single night.
Now the proceeds of the year have been divided up and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Brackenhall has received £40,000.
Chief executive Peter Branson said: “This support is overwhelming and will have an incredible impact on the children and families we support.”
Mark Wake, deputy regional director at HSBC, said: “It has been outstanding to be involved with three hospices, all great causes. They provide such invaluable care and love for children and families.”
Theatre group The Panto Comapny visited the hospice with a sparkling performance of ‘Aladdin’ as part of a tour arranged by the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Laura Harrison, hospice play co-ordinator, said: “Six families attended the pantomime and they were all able to participate in the fun.”
Chris Farr, who played Wishee Washee, said: “We were thrilled to go on tour with the pantomime.”
The hospice is now being used regularly for family days and other activities.