Tulip memorials top £1m mark
10:00am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
Dorothy House Hospice Care is celebrating its Tulip Funds reaching the £1m milestone, with the money going towards its patient care services.
The Winsley hospice established the Tulip Funds in 2005, to provide families and friends with a way of remembering a loved one while also supporting the work of the charity.
There are currently 367 ongoing funds which can be created in a name of a person. Each time someone raises funds for the charity, the donations can be attributed to the person’s memory.
Dorothy House director of fundraising and communications Katrina Sudbury said: “It’s fantastic the Tulip Funds have reached this milestone. So many of our supporters donate to us because they want to give something back to the hospice for all the care they’ve received.
"Their help means we can continue to care when it counts – helping many more families.”
David Keogh, from Radstock, whose wife Sue was cared for by Dorothy House until her death in November 2011, has been raising money through a Tulip Fund set up by her friends and colleagues from Jobcentre Plus, where she was a manager.
He said: “Towards the end of Sue’s illness her condition was so poor that she couldn’t have visitors, but her friends and colleagues wanted to do something, so they organised fundraising activities for the hospice in her honour.
“They did all sorts of things from slave auctions to cake sales, and raised around £3,000 while she was still alive. It was one of the few things that gave her pleasure and she was so overwhelmed when she saw how much they’d raised.”
After Mrs Keogh’s death, friends, family and colleagues continued fundraising in her memory and have raised around £17,000 through her Tulip Fund.
For more information about the Tulip Funds, visit www.dorothyhouse.co.uk/the-tulip-fund.