Queenscourt Hospice staff and volunteers said they enjoyed “a fantastic day” at the Botanic Gardens Family Fun Day on Sunday – as they said they have “never seen the park so busy”.
The charity, which cares for families across West Lancashire, Southport and Formby, was at the event with a stall offering a tombola, a raffle and a guess the name of the teddy bear competition.
People were also able to find out more about the Queenscourt Hospice Lottery, which costs from £1 per week to enter, with a top prize of £1,500 each week, plus a second prize of £100 and 20 other prizes of £20.
By joining the Lottery you’re helping to provide Queenscourt Hospice with a regular, sustainable income which allows the charity to plan for the future – ensuring its specialist end of life care is available now and in the future.
A Queenscourt Hospice spokesperson said: “We had a fantastic day on Sunday at the Botanic Gardens Family Fun Day.
“It was lovely to see the community come out in full force and enjoy the event.
“Thank you to event organiser Jess Thwaites for letting Queenscourt be a part of it.
“We have never seen the park so busy and the sun even came out whilst the band was playing.
“We would also like to say a BIG thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped us throughout the day. They were rushed off their feet on the tombola, raffle and teddy bear competition. Thank you to Margaret Meadows, Linda Dalle Mulle, Ann Watford, and Susan McCluskey.
“Thank you to everyone that came to our stall and said hello, we loved seeing you all and we appreciate your support.
“The money is still to be counted and we hope to have raised a brilliant amount for our local hospice.”
The Botanic Gardens Family Fun Day was organised by the Make A Change For Botanic group, which has campaigned over the past year for vital improvements to be made in the gardens. The volunteers have already raised an impressive £28,000 before the fun day took place, with some of the money used for installing new water aeration fountains.
The huge community effort on Father’s Day saw families enjoy a wide range of attractions with dance performances, dozens of stalls, live music, brass bands, fairground rides, inflatables, donkey rides, a soap bubble artist, and lots more besides. The event was sponsored by Monkey Puzzle Nursery in Southport.
The Make A Change For Botanic group works closely with the volunteers from the Botanic Gardens Community Association, who have led the maintenance of the park for the past 11 years, and with Green Sefton. Volunteers from Southport Rotary also helped out on the day.
Make A Change For Ben was set up by David Rawsthorne last year after the tragic death of his best friend, Ben Smith-Crallan. Ben, 37, died after falling into the lake at the park.
People who would like to donate can do so via the Make A Change For Botanic page on JustGiving here.
By joining Queenscourt Lottery you are helping to provide the hospice with a regular source of income, so that they can continue to provide compassionate care for local patients and their loved ones, when they need it the most.
You must be aged 18 or over to join the Queenscourt Lottery. For full terms & conditions please go to Queenscourt’s website: www.queenscourt.org.uk
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