As patron of the Fylde Coast hospice, Trinity (which includes the children’s hospice, Brian House), Alfie Boe is very committed to supporting it’s fundraising efforts. This time last year, Alfie launched the first ever Trinity Hospice Tea Party which raised a staggering £20,000 – that’s a lot of tea and cake!
Now, in 2015, the hospice is hoping that the second year of the tea party campaign will yield just as much, if not more, funds to support the daily running costs of both hospices. £5 million is needed annually to fully support the work that the hospices do and while £20,000 might seem a very small part of that, it still goes a very long way. To illustrate, £10 provides art materials for someone to make a memory box for their loved ones, £150 runs Brian House for one hour, £500 provides eight bereavement sessions for a family and £1,500 means that a child can stay over the weekend, providing much needed respite care for both the child and the family.
In the face of these essential funds, it is just as essential that the charity’s patron supports the fundraising campaigns. I recently interviewed Alfie about Classic Quadrophenia and Les Mis and also took the opportunity to ask about Trinity. Alfie was really pleased that his fans have been so supportive of Trinity and urged
everyone to go ahead and support this wonderful charity – have a cup of tea and enjoy yourselves.
If you want to support the Trinity Tea Party, just have a tea party, bake some delicious cakes and enjoy! Alternatively, why not enjoy a virtual tea party with friends on social media? I attended one such virtual party last year (the brainchild of the lovely Margie) and we had a fabulous time. Whatever you end up doing, visit the Trinity website (click here) or tweet @trinity_hospice and tell them what you’re doing. It makes a real difference.
To get an idea of the difference Alfie’s fans make to Trinity, I spoke to Shirley Morgan from the hospice team recently and she was overwhelmed with the level of support from Alfie and his fans across the globe. Although most donations are from the local area, Shirley mentioned a substantial amount of donations from outside the area and many of these can be traced directly back to Alfie Boe fans. Shirley said that the hospice
couldn’t have a better patron; we really appreciate the global audience he brings and to top it all, he’s such a nice guy. But I don’t know if he even drinks tea!
So, Alfie, do you drink tea?
To make a donation to Trinity (with or without a tea party) click here. If it is a tea party donation, don’t forget to say so!
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