Almost £30,000 raised for Strathcarron Hospice through 5k a day event

Generous and determined members of the public have raised almost £30,000 for a palliative care facility.

By Jonathon Reilly
Sunday, 24th January 2021, 1:09 pm

Strathcarron Hospice has been taken aback by the support the Fankerton-based service has been shown since it asked people to take on a fundraising challenge in 2021 to help generate enough money to cover its £12,900-a-day running costs.

The first of the charity’s series of virtual fundraisers tasked participants with walking, running, cycling or swimming their way through January with the ‘5k per day, your way’ challenge.

So far, volunteers have handed over £28,500 to Strathcarron.

Strathcarron Hospice staff have been blown away by the effort and generosity of members of the public taking part in its '5k per day, your way' fundraising event. Picture: Michael Gillen.

With a week of the challenge still to go, that total is likely to rise even higher.

A Facebook post from Strathcarron reads: “Thank you to everyone taking part in 5k a day this month to raise funds for your hospice.

“With one week to go, you have collectively raised the amazing amount of £28,500 to enable us to provide the care we are known for.”

Strathcarron has supported people across Forth Valley and beyond to not only die well, but to live well, for 40 years.

The independent Fankerton facility was founded on the back of the hospice movement at a time when it cost £218 to run the hospice for one day.

The charity now needs to raise more than £4.5 million each year to keep its services going.

Falkirk district residents are being asked to play their part and raise a minimum of £218 throughout this year for the facility.

Claire Macdonald, Strathcarron’s business development fundraiser, said: “We’ve been providing specialist care, love and support to all those who need us for 40 years but we need the support of our local community now more than ever, to ensure we can keep on caring in our 40th year and beyond.

“We’ve got a number of campaigns and events for people to get involved in throughout 2021 and we hope that the local community will support us to keep on caring for all those who need us.”

To find out more information, or to sign up for one of the fundraising events, visit the hospice’s website.

Thank you for reading this article on our free-to-read website. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Please consider purchasing a subscription to our print newspaper to help fund our trusted, fact-checked journalism.