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St Elizabeth Hospice, in Ipswich, thanks communities for raising nearly £160,000 in its Be A Star campaign





A hospice charity has thanked communities for supporting its Christmas campaign and raising nearly £160,000 in the process.

St Elizabeth Hospice, in Ipswich, ran its ‘Be A Star’ initiative over the festive period, including the annual Christmas Day Dip and a Matched Giving Week.

Donations are still coming in although 2023’s total has far exceeded the previous year’s of £128,000, with £157,300 counted at present.

Families took part in a two kilometre festive run at Gorleston in support of St Elizabeth Hospice's 'Be A Star' campaign. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice
Families took part in a two kilometre festive run at Gorleston in support of St Elizabeth Hospice's 'Be A Star' campaign. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice

The Matched Giving Week, which ran from December 4 to 10, raised over £29,000 alone.

Pauline Donkin, head of fund-raising at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Thank you so much to everybody who supported our Be a Star over Christmas. You really are all stars and your generosity has made such a difference to the hospice and to all the patients under our care.

“From making a purchase at one of our shops, supporting our Christmas fundraising events or if you were a business who took part in our Matched Giving Week, every penny you raised was so important to our services.”

Brave dippers took the plunge in the Felixstowe sea at St Elizabeth Hospice's Christmas Day Dip in Support of its 'Be A Star' campaign. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice
Brave dippers took the plunge in the Felixstowe sea at St Elizabeth Hospice's Christmas Day Dip in Support of its 'Be A Star' campaign. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice

The need for palliative care in the UK is set to increase by 74 per cent, meaning the demand for services from hospices like St Elizabeth will heighten, as well as the costs to fund its care.

On average every Christmas, the hospice provides care to nearly 1,200 people living with progressive and life-limiting illnesses and their families across East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Ms Donkin added: “A special hospice thank you goes to Linda Hunt and her family, who kindly shared their hospice Christmas story as part of our appeal, which highlighted how every year Be a Star enables the hospice to help patients and their families to be together over the festive period.”

St Elizabeth Hospice's 'Be A Star' campaign raised nearly £160,000 for the charity. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice
St Elizabeth Hospice's 'Be A Star' campaign raised nearly £160,000 for the charity. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice

The funds raised by Be A Star will support the hospice’s work in providing free services to those that need it across its catchment areas.