RAISING a glass to charity are super fund raisers Aidan Mullins, the recently retired landlord of the Red House Pub in Solihull and customer Alan Ashmore who, with regulars, have raised a huge £47,639 for the Marie Curie Hospice.
Their efforts over the last four years has allowed the charity to buy a range of furniture and equipment for the hospice including three dual action riser recliner chairs costing £4,839.
Liz Cottier, hospice manager, said: “The fund raisers’ tireless support for the hospice is hugely appreciated.
“Over the last few years our patients have benefited from new beds, mattresses and chairs for both the Day Services and Inpatient Unit; their donations have also contributed to updating other patient facilities required due to the age of the hospice building. The presentation of the specialised remotely controlled multi reclining chairs will make a real difference towards the relaxed, warm and friendly environment that is so important to the care and support we offer. Not only will these chairs provide more comfort but will also enable patients who are normally confined to their bed to sit in a more relaxed chair.”
Aidan added: “A lot of fundraising has been done over the years for the hospice and along with Alan and the customers, we wish them the best for plans for a new hospice. It would be very sad for the community to lose such a valuable service”.
Marie Curie Cancer Care hopes to relocate the existing Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull to a modern purpose-designed building on green belt land off Marsh Lane. The planning application has the backing of healthcare professionals and more than 11,500 local people have now signed a petition to show their support.