A big thank you to Highworth United Reformed Church

Our community fundraiser Amy Francombe was recently delighted to be welcomed to the Highworth United Reformed Church’s weekly coffee morning. Amy was there to give a big thank you to the organisers of the weekly get-together, which has helped to raise more than £17,000 towards our funds since Prospect Hospice was first chosen as the event’s charity in 2001. The weekly get-together attracts around a dozen people from across the spectrum of churches in Highworth.

Church elder Bryan Elkington explained: “Back in 2001 we decided that we wanted to support a local charity, and one that would have appeal beyond church-goers. It seemed then that everyone knew someone who had been cared for by Prospect Hospice, so it was an obvious choice for us to make.”

Carol Friend, coffee morning regular and widow of a former Prospect Hospice patient, said: “Prospect Hospice looked after my husband so well, and while our coffee mornings are an opportunity for some of us to put something back, they give something back to us as well.”

There is a further Prospect Hospice connection for the Highworth United Reformed Church, according to Bryan: “The Reverend Derryck Evans, who was one of the founders of Prospect Hospice, used to preach at our church too,” he said. “Many of us here remember him very well.”

For Amy it was a great opportunity to express the thanks of everyone at Prospect Hospice for the Church’s regular support. “We are hugely grateful to the coffee morning regulars who have done so much for the patients and families we have cared for over the years,” she said. “Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who has supported the weekly coffee morning to raise funds for Prospect Hospice.”