Dorothy House appeal: 36 hours to raise £500K

By Ben Carey on 28 September, 2022

Dorothy House is appealing to its supporters across Wiltshire as it embarks on a 36-hour, half-a-million-pound fundraising challenge.

The charity’s Always Here Appeal begins at 10am on Sunday 6th November. Supporters are being asked to sign up as ‘Champions’ to see their donations match-funded during a 36-hour period. This means that for every £1 pledged during the Appeal, Dorothy House will receive £2 up to a total of £500,000.

The drive will use the crowdfunding platform Charity Extra and will be match-funded thanks to a generous group of donors.

All money raised will help Dorothy House to provide more much-needed palliative and end of life care in our community.

Don Kennedy, Head of Fundraising Engagement at Dorothy House, said, “It is vital that we act now and invest in the future of hospice care if we are to meet the growing need for our services. This new fundraising idea is both simple and accessible so we hope as many people will join in as possible. You don’t have to leave your house, or even directly donate to make a huge difference. It’s about spreading the word!

“Our team of ‘Champions’ will be the most important part of the puzzle, but individually, their role is so simple. As a Champion you will reach out to friends, family and contacts during the main Appeal fundraising sprint in November, asking if they will make a donation. Every donation made will support the Champion’s efforts to help ensure Dorothy House can continue to care for the rising number of local patients and patients who need us.”

Research shows that by 2025 over 5,200 people each year across B&NES, parts of Wiltshire and Somerset will need palliative and end of life care – a striking increase on current levels. To respond to this growing need, Dorothy House’s ambition is to expand and enhance its services over the next three years. Projections show that the charity will need to raise an additional £2 million to achieve this.

To become a Champion, click here or call the Fundraising Team on 01225 721480.