It’s been a whirlwind eight months since I became the community fundraiser for the St John’s Hospice Development Appeal.
I have travelled across the borough of Doncaster, and visited schools, businesses, clubs and shops.
I have met people from all walks of life and of all ages. Some have had no personal contact with the hospice or its services, while some are supporting us in memory of a loved one, friend or neighbour.
Talents have been put to good use from cake baking to cycling, as well as musical and artistic gifts. Events have been planned for weeks or even months by focused and committed people who want to make a difference.
However diverse this group of fund-raisers and supporters has been, and continues to be, they all have one thing in common: they have made a difference.
As the hospice redevelopment continues, with every wall that is painted and with every roof truss that is put in place, the support throughout Doncaster seems to be growing.
The fundraising total as it currently stands, at over £123,000, is actually greater than the sum of its parts, in the sense there is a story behind every penny raised.
I do have some favourite moments, usually involving some act of overwhelming kindness or generosity, as well as unforgettable ones which affirm for me and others how important the hospice is.
For some people raising money is a way of saying thank you, for others it’s about an instinctive understanding that it is a cause worth going the extra mile for.
Two groups doing just that in the next couple of months are Thorne Golf Club and the Simply Voices choir.
Thorne is holding a charity Golf Day on September 20 at its Kirton Lane Club. There will be prizes for the first five places on the day, and the format will be Stableford Full Handicap.
There’s also an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful evening of singing this autumn.
A Grand Night for Singing is presented by Simply Voices, a Doncaster community choir of over 100 members.
Taking place at Hall Cross, St Michael’s Road, Bessacarr, on October 10 at 7.30pm, all the proceeds and the raffle to be held on the night will go directly to the hospice.
I’d also like to wish Hannah Rogerson all the very best for her first Great North Run next month. Hannah is running for the hospice in memory of her dad. Thanks Hannah.
Last, but not least, thanks to everyone who has run the extra mile for us – we really do appreciate very penny.
Places can be booked on the golf day for £17 by emailing email@example.com or calling 07947 349788.
Tickets for Simply Voices, priced £7, can bought from any choir member or by calling 01302 788650.
* Mel Hewitt, Community fundraiser, St John’s Hospice