How you can get involved in Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer’s 45th birthday celebrations and fundraising
Hosting a tea party could help the charity to continue providing vital services
As Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer celebrates its 45th year of providing vital services to the community, there are a number of ways you can get involved in the birthday celebrations and fundraising.
The hospice, based in Kettering Road, is calling on support from members of the public as staff ramp up fundraising efforts after a difficult year so the charity can continue to provide important palliative care.
Ahead of the official birthday on May 15, fundraisers and volunteers will visit Weston Favell Shopping Centre on May 13 and 14 to complete their first bucket collection following more than a year of several lockdowns.
For anyone else who wants to get involved, the charity has launched a tea party campaign whereby members of the community can host a tea party on or around the charity’s birthday.
Kelly Birch, community fundraiser for Cynthia Spencer, said: “We have tea party packs that we can send out, which are designed to help people host the parties with the rule of six in mind.
“We know people are still uncertain about coming out into the world so they can be hosted virtually as well.
“We just want people to fundraise as soon as they can and as soon as they feel comfortable.”
As well as the tea party packs, the charity also has a hamper raffle campaign, which is an easy way for people to get involved and fundraise.
Kelly added: “The hampers have been created by volunteers from products that have been donated, so they haven’t cost us anything, but each hamper has the ability to raise £200 as they will be raffled for a pound a ticket.
“It’s a nice and easy way for people to fundraise.”
And Kelly says if the tea party or hampers do not tickle your fancy, there are many challenges listed on the Cynthia Spencer website that you can get involved in, such as skydives and more.
But the overriding message is to get involved, if you can, in any way possible, to help the charity, which is iconic to the town, recover from a difficult year.
Kelly added: “In lockdown the world stopped but we were still here and the hospice was still going.
“The services are offered free of charge in the community but it does cost money and we did not have funds coming in as fundraising is what keeps us going.
“We do not now really have time to wait. If you want to do something and support us in a Covid-safe way, please do.
“It will help us to keep providing the services and for the future too.”
Kelly says the charity is also always looking for more volunteers.
Whether it is volunteering or fundraising you are interested in, Kelly and the team are always ‘more than happy to have a chat’ on 01604 973340.
More information about the fundraising campaigns can be found on the Cynthia Spencer website too.
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