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Local Charities’ unsung heroes

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Caroline Siddall

Income Generation Director, Nightingale House Hospice Chair of the North West Institute of Fundraising Regional Group

Local charities play a huge role in the support of local communities.  In our case we are a local hospice based in an industrial town in north Wales and we help local people when they need it the most by providing end of life care completely free of charge. Twenty per cent of our running costs come from statutory sources, which mean we raise the remaining 80% – a massive £2.4 million – from community fundraising.


We are fortunate that our Hospice is at the heart of our community because without their continuing support we would not be able to provide the essential care that we do now. Our dedicated supporters do so many things to raise money for their local Hospice, they walk, run, cycle, hold tea parties and coffee mornings, open up their gardens and so much more.

This unending support is also in evidence with our army of volunteers which currently stands at around 750. Not only do these people work within the Hospice but they also help out at bag packs and bucket collections as well as in our charity shops. A local charity really is a case of many hands!


As chair of the North West Institute of Fundraising regional committee I know that many local charities would be lost without their army of fundraisers and volunteers. In fact, it is true to say that for most local charities we would not exist without these unsung heroes.

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