Market man Maurice delivers biggest donation yet to Prospect Hospice

A Swindon man who has raised money for Prospect Hospice for many years has handed over a donation of more than £10,000 to the charity’s fundraising team.

Maurice Mapson, the manager at Blunsdon Market, has run a stall for many years which makes items not sold in the market’s three-times-a-week car boot sale available for a donation to the local hospice. Last month he visited the Prospect Hospice team with a gift of more than £10,000 – a record sum raised by the Market’s annual fundraising activity. The latest donation takes the amount raised over the years by Maurice to just under £60,000, including money he personally raised in the years before the stall was first set up.

“I am delighted that we have been able to raise our first five-figure sum this year,” says Maurice. “It’s always great to be able to come to Prospect Hospice and hand over what we’ve raised, because you see when you’re here what you’ve been raising the money for throughout the year. The fantastic thing is that this money has been raised mostly by selling things that would otherwise have been thrown away. This way it doesn’t just raise money for a great cause, but it also recycles things for others to enjoy.”

Maurice is keen to credit the stallholders at the market for their part in raising the money: “They’re brilliant,” he adds. “It’s not an easy life being a market stall holder, and we have seen many move on in the last few years, but they’ve really worked hard to raise this money for Prospect Hospice, and I think we can all be very proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

Genevieve Arney, Community and Events Manager at Prospect Hospice, expressed the appreciation of everyone at the hospice for Maurice and Blunsdon Market’s support. “Maurice is an incredible supporter of Prospect Hospice and we are hugely grateful for all that he does to raise funds for us,” she said. “This year he has even outstripped the achievements of previous years, and our thanks go out to him and all the traders at the Market – what they have raised will make a real difference for the patients and families we support. On their behalf, we would like to wish Maurice and everyone at Blunsdon Market a merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2018.”