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Thursday, 07 November 2013 (3045082)
Cherie's heart-felt appeal for Jospice
by Tom Martin

THE former Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair gave an emotional speech during an event in support of Thornton Jospice – helping raise £9,000 for a special cause.

A packed-out dinner on Wednesday November, 6, at the Panoramic 34 Restaurant, was held with the aim of raising money to go towards the plan of refurbishing and improving patient facilities at the Jospice.

It is hoped that the total amount needed for the refurbishment, which is an estimated £1 million, can be secured in time for the Jospice's 40th anniversary next year.

The £9,000 was raised through donations and auctions during the dinner and it included signed memorabilia from celebrities.

The money will now be added to the £567,000 grant they received from the Department of Health.

And Mrs Blair, who grew up in Waterloo, is one of many vice presidents of the institute and was on hand to provide personal support.

The Director of Fundraising & Communications at the Thornton Jospice, Pat Murphy, was delighted at the success of the dinner.

She said: “It was a great day and lots of local businesses supported the event.

”Cherie gave a heart-felt appeal on behalf of the Jospice and everyone was delighted that she was there.

“The venue could only hold around 73 people but it was completely sold out and full to the capacity.

”We managed to raise nearly £9,000 through raffle tickets, donations and a big auction.

“One of the items we sold was a tickling stick which was signed by Ken Dodd!

”There was also jewellery on offer and an 18 carot diamond pendant was sold to help the funds.

“A big thank you must go to the sponsors of the event and everyone who attended.

”I'm really hopeful that we can get all the money we need for the refurbishments in time for the big 40th anniversary next year“.

Brian Guilda, the chairman of Peoples' Limited, who are based across seven locations including Bootle, who sponsored the event said: ”We were pleased to take a table at the fundraiser and sponsor the event, they are good people at Jospice and it is an exceptionally good charity.

“We have been linked to Jospice for some years as it is my philosophy that businesses should try to give back in some areas.”


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