Hospice patients have thanked a regional daily’s readers at Christmas for their generosity in raising thousands of pounds to help pay for care at the facility.
The Oxford Mail is pledging to raise £40,000 for Sobell House hospice to fund 100 days of care, and has so far raised around one tenth of that target thanks to an online donation page, text appeal and Christmas Jumper Day held by Mail staff.
The appeal was launched in September to mark 40 years since the hospice began offering specialist care to Oxfordshire’s terminally ill.
Reporter Sophie Grubb has since featured many stories of patients, staff, volunteers and families touched by the hospice.
Yesterday’s edition of the Mail featured a front page thank you from patients.
Managing editor Sara Taylor said: “The generosity of our readers so far has been incredible but we still need more help in reaching our target.
“So many people in Oxfordshire have been touched in some way by Sobell House Hospice and so it’s a cause extremely close to us.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of people, some of whom are in desperate situations, makes our fundraising efforts all worthwhile.
“We appreciate that, especially this time of year, there are so many worthy causes but just a few pounds can go a very long way in helping making a big difference to the lives of many.”