An early gift goes to support hospice

Swindon Advertiser: Maurice Mapson, left, and Karl Reader donate £7,000 to Amy Francombe, Prospect Community Fundraiser. Picture: Alex Skennerton Buy this photo » Maurice Mapson, left, and Karl Reader donate £7,000 to Amy Francombe, Prospect Community Fundraiser. Picture: Alex Skennerton

A CHRISTMAS windfall of £7,000 has been handed to the team at Prospect Hospice by the manager of Blunsdon Market, from money raised by unsold car boot sale items left on a stall to support the charity.

The latest annual cash boost, the biggest raised so far since market manager Maurice Mapson rallied the support of traders for their local hospice, brings the total to more than £25,000 in the years since the stall was first set up. The money has been gratefully received by the fundraising team at the hospice in Wroughton.

Maurice is quick to credit the support of the market traders at Blunsdon in their fundraising drive for the charity.

“The Prospect stall relies on the help of the stallholders at the market, and they have been excellent again this year,” he said.

“We set a target of £5,000 this year, and we added a second stall just for furniture, and I think it’s made all the difference.”

The fundraising stall for Prospect Hospice is a great example of recycling too, with many of the items there attracting custom after having failed to sell at the market’s regular car-boot sales.

The sales are dependent on an honesty box, with most items expected to raise no more than 50p each.

“Many of the people that put into the box will put in more than they are expected to, but that’s got a lot to do with the popularity of Prospect Hospice in our community,” said Maurice.

“The people who support it know that the money raised will be going towards a good cause.”

Maurice and his friend Karl Reader, who also helps run the stall, visited Prospect Hospice last week to present the £7,000 they had raised during the year.

Prospect Hospice’s community fundraiser Amy Francombe said: “It is great to see Maurice and Karl back here again this year, and we are delighted that they have raised such a fantastic amount for us during 2013.

“Over the years Maurice and everyone at Blunsdon Market have done brilliantly with their fundraising for us, and their fundraising will make a real difference to patients and families cared for at Prospect Hospice this Christmas.

“On their behalf, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Blunsdon Market for their generous support in 2013.”

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8:48am Mon 23 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Lets just hope it goes to where it is needed, for the care of the patients and not to line the already overflowing pockets of the bosses and senior managers who earn obscene amounts of money form this so called "charity". Office managers on over £70k a year is disgusting, especially when the nurses get minimum wage for the amazing job they do. There is more than meets the eye at Prospect sadly.
Lets just hope it goes to where it is needed, for the care of the patients and not to line the already overflowing pockets of the bosses and senior managers who earn obscene amounts of money form this so called "charity". Office managers on over £70k a year is disgusting, especially when the nurses get minimum wage for the amazing job they do. There is more than meets the eye at Prospect sadly. house on the hill

8:56am Tue 24 Dec 13

PaulD says...

house on the hill wrote:
Lets just hope it goes to where it is needed, for the care of the patients and not to line the already overflowing pockets of the bosses and senior managers who earn obscene amounts of money form this so called "charity". Office managers on over £70k a year is disgusting, especially when the nurses get minimum wage for the amazing job they do. There is more than meets the eye at Prospect sadly.
please cite your sources
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Lets just hope it goes to where it is needed, for the care of the patients and not to line the already overflowing pockets of the bosses and senior managers who earn obscene amounts of money form this so called "charity". Office managers on over £70k a year is disgusting, especially when the nurses get minimum wage for the amazing job they do. There is more than meets the eye at Prospect sadly.[/p][/quote]please cite your sources PaulD

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