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Virtual Duck Race and Virtual Santa Dash raise money for local hospice

From a Virtual Duck Race to a Virtual Santa Dash, hospice fundraisers are helping to raise vital income to support local people with life limiting illnesses.

Over recent weeks Catherine and Rebecca Hadden have hosted a range of virtual events in aid of Eden Valley Hospice. The charity is special to the family as they provide care and support to Catherine and Rebecca’s Grandma volunteers with the charity.

Rebecca, 29, explained, “Eden Valley Hospice has always been something as a family we have supported with my Grandma, Laurina, volunteering for over 25 years. I would join her at fetes on a weekend whilst growing up, all raising money for the hospice.

“When my Mam was re-diagnosed with stage four breast cancer four years ago, it was very daunting for us all. When Dr Marshall offered for her to go along to the Day Hospice I think Mam was a bit hesitant of what to expect but now her Tuesday ladies are a lifeline.

“Before Covid, I would ring every Tuesday night and ask what choice of cake had been on that day. For me I feel a peace of mind that my Mam can go to somewhere, relax, enjoy and be normal.”

Rebecca, along with her family and friends, have hosted and taken part in a range of virtual fundraising events to raise vital income in aid of the hospice. They have organised three virtual duck races with more than 600 virtual ducks taking part across the three races and have raised more than £500 for Eden Valley Hospice.

Rebecca, who now lives in Elgin but is originally from Carlisle, added, “With lockdown proving hard for a lot of charities Mam had said she wanted to raise £1,000 for the hospice and fancied a duck race but wasn’t sure what to do, so I looked everything up and said I would do one.

“We have now planned a virtual Santa Dash for the start of December, which will raise an additional £250 for the hospice. I organise the event through Facebook and between selling, payments and running the event it takes about six to seven hours over the two days, but it is time well spent.

“Fridays at 7pm we sit down for a Facebook live, have a joke and our family and friends get a good laugh with my commentary too.”

The money raised by Rebecca, Catherine, their family and friends will help Eden Valley Hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses. If you would like to support Rebecca and Catherine’s fundraising in aid of Eden Valley Hospice you can make a donation online by clicking here.

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Eden Valley Hospice are here for the local community. The hospice is open and doing all it can during these times to continue to provide care and compassion to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines. The hospice is here for the local community and still supporting the NHS.

Rebecca concluded, “It’s great to feel like I am able to help the hospice even though I’m not on the doorstep anymore, it’s overwhelming when people local to me, that don’t even know the hospice, are keen to join in and support. Due to my Facebook friends, the most northern would be myself in Elgin and Inverness all the way down to Luton and its incredible.”

At a time when the hospice is still in great need of funding to secure the future of the hospice, the support of the local community will help Eden Valley Hospice’s vital care today, tomorrow and for many years to come.