Weston Hospicecare has plenty of new stock thanks to the Big Drop!
By Prue_Reid | Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 15:15
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of stock has been donated to Weston Hospicecare as part of its 'Big Drop' event.
Nearly £6000 worth of stock was donated during The Big Drop last week – over £1000 more than when the event was last run in May.
The event, spread over a week, saw 450 bags donated by the local community for Weston Hospicecare shops.
Big Drop sites were situated at well know locations around Weston-super-Mare including Worlebury Golf Club, Asda, the Hospice in Uphill, Weston College and The Campus at Locking Castle where volunteers collected a staggering 134 bags over the 3 days at the site.
PureComms, a communications company in Clevedon, held a Big Drop for employees and Weston Hospicecare's 'Blagdon and Wrington Friends Group' had great success with their Big Drop at Blagdon Village car park, collecting over 70 bags.
Around 50 additional donations were also made to several of Weston Hospicecare's shops as part of the campaign.
The Big Drop campaign would not be possible without the consistent support of the local community and Weston Hospicecare's dedicated volunteers who give up their time to man sites and publicise the campaign.
Pat Worley read about The Big Drop on a flyer popped through her door by a volunteer, she donated at the Hospice drop site.
Mrs Worley said: " "We were looked after so well whilst my husband was being cared for at the hospice.
"As we lived just down the road they used to drop the medication off for us.
"Dropping a few shop donations off is the least I can do, plus it's a really easy way to support Weston Hospicecare for their wonderful work."
Maureen Mills volunteers at the charity's shop in Yatton and helped at the Big Drop site at The Campus.
When asked why she chooses to volunteer for Weston Hospicecare she said: "I enjoy it.
" They were so good to my husband David and other people I've known and I feel it's my way of giving something back to them after everything they've done."
These much needed donations go to Weston Hospicecare shops to be sold. The money raised contributes to running Hospice facilities that help the one in 100 local people living with a life-limiting illness.
Sarah Bostock, marketing manager of Weston Hospicecare said: "We are delighted that The Big Drop has done so well second time round and we hope that the support for this event will keep growing.
"Local businesses, schools, colleges and shops have been fantastic, allowing us to use them as Big Drop sites and publicising the campaign to make it a success.
"As ever the local community have really outdone themselves with their support for Weston Hospicecare and we are so grateful to them for the difference this will make.
"Our volunteers have been brilliant and really got on board with this event, whether it was handing out flyers or manning Big Drop sites. We value our volunteers very much at Weston Hospicecare and events like this could not go ahead without them.
Look out for The Big Drop which will be running again in January 2013, a chance to get rid of unwanted or unused clothes, household items, furniture and bric-a-brac ready to start the New Year a-fresh.
If you can't wait until then, you can take your donations to any of Weston Hospicecare's shops.
Visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk for shop locations and if you'd like more information on other ways to get involved then call 01934 423960.