Mia creates her own charity night and raises £950 for Prospect Hospice

Ten-year-old Mia Webb decided to set up a race night in aid of Prospect Hospice after learning more about the hospice through family experiences, and raised an incredible £950 towards our care.

Mia was inspired to raise funds after her grandmother died of cancer. Mia’s mum Bridget, who previously worked alongside Prospect Hospice in palliative care, explained to Mia that more often than not people with her grandmother’s condition have to rely on the support of the hospice, and that the hospice relies strongly on donations and fundraising. Bridget’s friend Aimee Hull also spoke frequently about her father, who died at the hospice seven years ago, to Mia. Even though Mia never had the chance to meet him, she was inspired by the stories she’d heard about the care he received and Aimee’s constant praise for the care given.

Mia was surprised to learn that Prospect Hospice is not fully-funded by the government and immediately set about arranging an evening of entertainment to raise as much as she could for the hospice, initially hoping for just £50. She chose a horse race night because she believed it would appeal more to adults and therefore increase donations.

She approached Clare Butcher, the landlady of the Three Crowns in Brinkworth, who kindly agreed to support the event, and even donated the recent quiz night funds. Bridget commented: “The pub has been great in supporting towards the event, not only by agreeing to hold it at the pub and donating their quiz night funds, but also putting on a set menu for proceeds to go towards the evening. Mia was brilliant – she had support and guidance from Aimee and myself with organising, sourcing raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets, but other than that she organised the whole event.”

The evening was a great success and fantastically supported by the local community who managed to raise £730 on the night alone. Mia has since received further support from friends and family, and members of the local community, through donations made after the event to reach the final total. She was keen to thank everyone who supported the event with raffle prizes or by attending on the night. She was blown away with the support and the amount that was raised!

Prospect Hospice’s community fundraiser Hollie Ricketts said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mia for being so kind and thoughtful in organising a fantastic event, and I’m so happy to hear how it went. Thank you also to Bridget and Aimee for their support of the hospice, and to Clare at the Three Crowns for also supporting us by holding the event. Finally, thank you to everyone who provided raffle prizes or attended the evening and donated so generously to Prospect Hospice.”

Hollie is pictured receiving the cheque from Mia.