To our supporters

Thank you

From all of us at Prospect Hospice

Thank you to everyone who supports Prospect Hospice in whatever way you can. Every penny you raise really does make a difference to those we support and you can read more about how we’re using your donations to support local people here.

Below you’ll find a selection of the many people who have raised money for us and we hope their fundraising inspires you.

If you’d like to raise vital funds for the hospice but don’t know how to get started, we have a skilled and experienced team which is only to happy to offer support and advice. Contact them on 01793 816161 or email fundraisingandevents@prospect-hospice.net.

A huge thank you to the residents of Reeds in Cricklade

After receiving a generous donation of a Christmas tree from nearby housing developers, Newland Homes, residents were able to create a memory tree, allowing people to remember loved ones they had lost over the last year. In addition to this kind gesture, Newland Homes also donated materials to help turn one resident’s mobility scooter into Santa’s sleigh, allowing socially distanced visits from Santa to the whole street!

The neighbours also held their own socially distanced Christmas Lights switch on in December, commemorating the start of the festive season and spreading Christmas cheer to those in the community who needed it most.

The residents raised a fantastic £443.61 for Prospect Hospice. We are absolutely thrilled to receive such a generous donation from the Cricklade community, thank you to everyone who was involved.

Thank you Broome Manor

Thank you to outgoing Broome Manor Golf Club captain, Nick Dunn, who presented Prospect Hospice with a cheque for £4,720 at the captains farewell dinner.

During his year as captain, Nick wanted to support Prospect Hospice as he recognises the amount of work the charity carries out in the Swindon and Marlborough community and was hopeful that being a local cause, people would be generous with their support.

Thank you Beard

Staff at construction firm Beard recently presented us with a cheque for £5,000 following a year of dedicated fundraising.

We were chosen, along with one other local charity, by a staff vote and staff held a variety of fundraising events throughout the year to reach the £5,000 total. Included a golf event, an Easter egg decoration contest, a Halloween a pumpkin-carving competition, cake sales and dress down days.

Thank you Catalent

Thank you to everyone at Catalent who helped raise vital funds for the hospice as your charity of the year in 2019. And we’re even more excited that you’ve selected us again for 2020!

In total, the team at Catalent has raised over £21,000 since they began supporting the hospice which has been raised through regular staff events, bake offs, Prospect Does Strictly, a big cycle ride and lots of other events supported by the sports and social committee as well as matched funding from Catalent.  Pictured above presenting the cheque is the Catalent charity committee.

Thank you Excalibur

Every month employees at Excalibur donate a minimum of £5 each from their salaries into a salary sacrifice fund. Each employee is then asked to nominate a charity and each month a charity is pulled out to be the beneficiary of the funds. This month we were the chosen charity of Karl Evans pictured above (right) alongside CEO Peter Boucher (left).

Thanks you Nationwide Platform Squad

Thank you to the Nationwide Platform Squad at Wakefield House who chose us as their charity of the year in 2019.

This incredible group of supporters carried out lots of different employee activities including cake sales, raffles, rock and roll bingo, summer barbeque, samosa sales raising an incredible £5,700 for the hospice.

Thank you to Great Western Academy

A huge thank you to the year eight students at Great Western Academy for their fundraising efforts before Christmas. Staff and students got involved and raised over £700 for the hospice.

Head of year eight Annie Hawkins said: “We had a wonderful time at Christmas at Great Western Academy raising awareness and money for Prospect Hospice. Our students Josh and Will took the lead and organised a raffle, Christmas jumper day and a fantastic cake sale. On the last afternoon of term the boys, with some other students, organised a Christmas fayre for all students to enjoy. It was a pleasure to raise money for Prospect Hospice, a charity which is very close to our hearts.”

Thank you to everyone who got involved.

Thank you Gemma, Kelly and Michael

On a very wet Sunday back in September, Gemma, Michael and Kelly took part in the Swindon Half Marathon to raise money for the hospice.

Michael had previsouly completed a half marathon but for Gemma and Kelly this was the first time they’d taken on such a distance.

They were running in memory of Gemma and Michael’s dad, Dave, who died at the hospice in May, surrounded by his loved ones. They said that he received the most compassionate care and was looked after by the wonderful staff and volunteers for just over three weeks.

Gemma and Michael had promised there dad that they would participate in the Swindon Half Marathon and because of this memory they all ran together finishing in just under two and a half hours. They said that really enjoyed the buzz from the supporters along the route, especially as they were proudly wearing their Prospect Hospice running vests and people along the route were will all giving them so much encouragement.

Once all of their fundraising had come in they raised an huge £1,917.26 for the hospice.

Thank you Marlborough Choral Society

A huge thank you to everyone at the Marlborough Choral Society who held their popular Christmas concert on Saturday 14 of December in St Mary’s Church, Marlborough.

The concert featured John Rutter’s Magnificat and Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The audience was also able to participate in carols, creating a wonderful festive atmosphere.

At each of their concerts the choral society nominates a charity to be the beneficiary of the retiring collection. This time they chose Prospect Hospice, as, at the time, one of the committee members was being cared for by the charity.

The retiring collection brought in an amazing £517.59.

Thank you Swindon Brass Band

Thank you to everyone involved with the Swindon Brass which has raised an incredible £1,000 for Prospect Hospice over a number of events in the run-up to Christmas.

Cheryl Cowley, band secretary said: “Members of Swindon Brass attended McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village, Asda Haydon, Tesco Ocotal Way and Waitrose during December to entertain the shoppers. We also gave a concert on the bandstand in Old Town Gardens on Sunday before Christmas which attracted a very big audience despite the cold and wet weather.

“Every December we have undertaken carol playing and concerts and the public has always been very generous. We attracted bigger crowds and donations this time which enabled us to make a bigger donation to the hospice.

“Over the years, some of our members or their family members have required care and support from hospice staff and facilities. This is our way of saying thank you for providing that care and support.”

Abby Benson, community and events fundraiser said: “We cannot thank everyone at Swindon Brass enough for their continued support of the hospice. Over the last few years they have helped spread Christmas cheer whilst raising vital funds to support the work we do here at the hospice and out in the community and this year was no different. Their most recent donation was their biggest yet and has taken their total amount raised to over £4,500. Thank you!”

Thank you The Runner

A huge thank you to everyone at The Runner who organised a thrilling darts tournament which raised £186 for Prospect Hospice.

The Runner decided to gift the money raised to Prospect Hospice following the death of Jan Quick, a loyal customer who died at the hospice in November. Jan’s husband Alan commented on how safe Jan felt at the hospice during her time here.

This most recent donation has taken the total amount raised for Prospect Hospice over the years by The Runner to over £3,000.

Community and events fundraiser, Abby Benson said, ‘On behalf of everyone at Prospect Hospice I would like to say a huge thank you to The Runner for arranging the darts tournament in Jan’s memory and for their continued support, to everyone who came along and showed their support on the night and to Alan and Pete Quick, Jan’s husband and son.’

Thank you The Becky Rowland Tribute Fund

A huge thank you to everyone that has supported The Becky Rowland Tribute Fund and helped raise a staggering £20,000 for the hospice!

Over the last five years her daughters Kristy and Michaela, along with their cousin Matt, have organised and taken part in a range of events including a pool tournament, golf day, Tough Mudder, quiz nights and shopping evenings to meet their target of raising £20k by 2020 and it looks like they had a great time doing it.

Becky Rowland was known to many in the local community and was an avid fundraiser for the hospice after her own mum was cared for by the charity. Following her death, her daughters pledged to raise even more and we’re incredibly grateful to them for all their support which will enable us to support more local people like Becky.

Thank you Oriental Aroma

Local school children from Royal Wootton Bassett have again been treated to a delicious lunch by the team at Oriental Aroma in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The annual event continues to support the work of the hospice, raising a fantastic £768 this year. This year’s total means that James Huynh and his team at Oriental Aroma have raised over £21,000 since the event started over ten years ago.

Children from Wootton Bassett Infants and Brook Field Primary visited the restaurant earlier this month and were taught about the Chinese New Year, as well as being shown how to use chopsticks and napkin origami.

Thank you to the local schools for continuing to show their support for the event and a huge thank you to James and the team at the Oriental Aroma for running the event, free of charge, every year. Not only does the lunch provide a great educational experience for the schools who attend, it raises vital funds for the hospice in the process.