Supporting Hospice Care with Tea and Cake!

Supporting Hospice Care with Tea and Cake!

A fundraising afternoon tea held by TSB Alton has raised a fantastic £886 for local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell.

The event was held on Saturday 10th March at All Saints Church Hall in Alton. 54 tickets were sold, and some people who weren’t able to come on the day very generously donated the £10 ticket price to show their support for the event. A huge range of mouth-watering cakes, scones, shortbreads and sandwiches were made by TSB customers or donated by local businesses including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Co-operative, Marks & Spencer, Greggs, The Departure Lounge and The Golden Glider.  A raffle was also held, which raised an impressive £200. Because of everyone’s generosity, every penny that was raised could be donated to Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community,” said Karen Earle, Local Banker at TSB. “I would especially like to thank All Saints Church who kindly donated the use of their hall for free, all of the local businesses who donated cakes and biscuits, and everyone who baked, promoted the event and helped out on the day.  The atmosphere was amazing! We’re looking forward to our next fundraiser for Phyllis Tuckwell, which will be a car boot sale in May.”

Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to do this.

“We would like to thank TSB Alton and everyone involved in the afternoon tea for their much-appreciated generosity and support,” said Vanessa Beech, Corporate Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell. “£886 could pay for a week’s care from one of our Hospice Care at Home (HCAH) nurses, who visit patients who have chosen to spend their last days, and to die, at home, instead of in hospital or at the Hospice. Our HCAH nurses offer compassionate nursing care, as well as emotional understanding and support, to both patients and their families at this difficult time.”

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