When Alfie met Sarah, according to his autobiography, he was making a cup of tea, so who better to back the start of Trinity Hospice’s annual Tea Party campaign? Of course, Alfie Boe is the patron of the Fylde Coast’s hospice, which also encompasses the children’s hospice, Brian House and he is very supportive of the continuous fundraising efforts needed to keep services going each year. Since Alfie became patron, Trinity has seen a marked increase in donations from outside the local area and their press officer, Shirley Morgan, says that “we 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.”
Shirley also shared a little bit of fundraising trivia with me: when analysing their social media reach for 2015, the message with by far and away the most reach and engagement was the tweet in which two Classic Quadrophenia tickets were auctioned off. A massive 17,000 people were reached by that one tweet! The closest tweet reached 9,000 people so it perfectly demonstrates how much Alfie’s support means.
Annually, £5 million is needed to fund the hospice and in the last two years, over £30,000 has been raised by tea parties. That’s a lot of tea and cakes! So what does that money provide in terms of services? What difference do our individual donations actually make? Well, £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. All donations are another step closer to the overall target of £5 million.
So, how can you support Trinity’s Tea Party in 2016? Hold a tea party and donate by clicking here. Don’t forget to mention that you’re an Alfie Boe fan and it’s a tea party donation.
If you’d like to join in a virtual tea party, just click here to join the Official Alfie Boe Facebook Fan Group and details of the event will be posted shortly. See you there!
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