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Amazing start for East Devon Day Hospice Appeal

16:13 12 March 2014

Hopsicare appeal fundraiser Sarah Smith receiving a cheque for the new East Devon Day Hospice from Budleigh Salterton Lions.

Hopsicare appeal fundraiser Sarah Smith receiving a cheque for the new East Devon Day Hospice from Budleigh Salterton Lions.


The East Devon community has come together to support Hospiscare’s East Devon Day Hospice Appeal - already raising more than £18.5k in the past two months.

Music, cake sales, and bingo are just some of the events that have seen more than 70 individual donations flood in for the appeal.

Appeal fundraiser Sarah Smith said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number of local people who want to get involved.

“We still have a long way to go to raise the £250k needed to complete, equip and run our new day hospice but this is an amazing start.

“Local people and businesses have been so supportive; one of our weekly Hospiscare lottery players even donated £100 to the appeal from her £1000 win.

“We are so grateful to everyone in the community for raising a whopping £18,968 so far.”

Hospiscare announced its plans to open a new day hospice in East Devon last autumn, bringing care closer to thousands of Hospiscare patients and their families across East Devon.

The local charity received a grant of £510k from NHS England as well as generous pledges from its sister charities, Budleigh, Exmouth and Lympstone and Sidmouth Hospiscare, to bring the plans to fruition.

And as well as applying to trust funds, Hospiscare launched the East Devon Appeal in October 2013.

Two musical events took place on Saturday with the La La Choirs and the Budleigh Salterton Ukulele Strumming Club and the Sidmouth Town Band and Gospel Choir each heading their own events.

The Exmouth Police Club raised more than £350 after holding a music evening, while the Budleigh Salterton Lions raised £447 at a bingo evening.

Many events have been planned for the coming months, with the auctioning of a bronze sculpture being one of the highlights of an art event taking place in June.

Art Extra will be an exciting exhibition of more than 100 original works of art. The bronze sculpture of celebrated racehorse ‘Arkle’ was donated to Hospiscare by local artist Jane Scott-Fox who became a Hospiscare patient after being diagnosed with peritoneal cancer.

Jane died in January 2014 but wanted future Hospiscare patients to benefit from the ‘marvellous’ care she received from the charity.

Jane’s husband Charles said: “We were overwhelmed by the attention from the [Pine Lodge] day hospice in Tiverton. If Hospiscare can get the money together to create [a day hospice] in Honiton people will be able to enjoy the care and benefits we received.”

To get involved with the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal contact Sarah Smith on 01392 688095, or @sarahhospiscare.

The Midweek Herald, Exmouth Journal, and Sidmouth Herald, Exmouth Herald, and Cranbrook Herald have joined forces with Hospiscare to support the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal.

Forthcoming events:

An evening of food and wine with BBC’s Susy Atkins from Saturday Morning Kitchen on Friday, March 14, at the Deer Park Country Hotel near Honiton, 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available by calling 01392 688020. Spaces are limited.

Sugar in Honiton will be holding a pamper day on Saturday, March 22. It takes place all day and for £10 the public can have three treatment. To book call the salon on 01404 47444.

Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club will be presenting a John Lewis fashion show on Thursday, March 20, at Exmouth Pavilion. Doors open at 6.45pm. Proceeds will go to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare and other Rotary charities. For tickets call 01395 222477 or visit

East Devon Bridge Club will be hosting a bridge event in West Hill on May 10, 1.15pm for 1.30pm start. It costs £10 per person.

Let us know if you are planning to hold any events to raise money for the appeal by calling reporter Katy Griffin on 01392 888485 or email


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