We recently had a speaker, Judith Charmer, fundraiser for the proposed Winchester Hospice. This is a new enterprise and is being supported by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The plan is to convert Burrell House at the Royal County Hospital, formerly home to nurses and a medical training facility during the Second World War, into a 10 bed hospice supporting patients and their families, home care, day services and a Community Palliative Team.
In partnership with Winchester Rotary, a Masquerade Ball took place on 14 December at the Guildhall in Winchester. Thanks to meeting Judith at an earlier event and having got to know her through coming to speak to us, she asked whether we would be able to help at the ball. Help was need to set up in the afternoon and (wo)man the cloakroom in the evening.
We were happy to help and provided a team of four (above) to help with the setting up of the raffle table, decorations in the hall and on the tables. In the evening a team of three (right) helped with the cloakroom.
We have just been advised that the event raised over £20,000 towards the hospice which is a great result. We will continue to support the fundraising for the hospice which is due to open in spring 2019.