After working for hospiscare for a year and a half, nurse Alison Phelps-Beaumont decided to create two fun fundraising campaigns that have brought communities together and is helping to raise vital funds to keep their important services going.
Her latest fundraiser titled ‘Dance a Day’ sees a range of different dancers each day throughout November and has raised £575 to date.
After calling out for a public appeal for people to get involved people quickly started to get on board with the fundraiser after realising how important the funds that Ali was raising were to hospiscare and the services that they offer.
Hospiscare has been supporting people who have a life-limiting illness for almost 40 years and care for over 2,000 families a year with little funding from the government.
Their services include support at home, a specialist palliative care ward, day hospisces and end-of-life care bringing much-needed support to families during extremely difficult and challenging times.
However, to continue offering their services and care, they need to raise roughly £8 million a year in order. This means they rely on the support of their communities to donate funds.
Knowing this, Ali, took it upon herself to set up two fun fundraisers this year to bring people together in a fun and creative way while still raising vital funds for her hospiscare charity.
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“Back in the spring summer time, I did a song a day campaign, we recorded some songs and raised money for hospiscare in Axminster. Our initial thought was to raise £260 but we ended up raising £1,2000 in the end, it was incredible.”
“Last time I went to the Beehive in Honiton which had an open mic night, I became quite friendly with the group of people there and it was more about friends but this time I’ve actually gone out to the public.
Ali set up the Dance a Day challenge in October and sent out a public appeal to the community to get involved and send in their videos that will be shown throughout November.
“I’m overwhelmed by the response I’m getting and it has completely pulled a whole community together, it’s extraordinary.
“So far a lot of the donations are from friends who are supporting me and my family. The dancers are sending me their dances all they have to do is get together. When we were allowed to be outside in groups of 6 we got quite a few. We have one lady, Lucie, who is a teacher at East Devon Dance Academy and a lot of her students have done dances for it which is lovely.”
Ali told us that hospiscare receives 20% of their funding from the government with the remaining 80% having to be through donations and fundraising.
“With Hospicare a lot of people will need our help in the future and we’re a charity, not part of the NHS at all. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week completely free of charge. We really rely on donations and gifts that are left in wills.
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“People assume that hospiscare is the terminal side of the NHS and we do work alongside them but have a tiny amount of funding. Everyone is always quite shocked when they realise that we are a charity and all of this won’t be able to happen if we cant keep the money coming in.”
Dancers we’ve seen so far range from belly dancers, contemporary, tap, and Alison’s husband is even making a debut in homage to Freddie Mercury’s ‘I Want to Break Free’ music video which will be going live on Saturday 21 November which you can see on their Facebook page here.
“So far a lot of the donations are from friends who are supporting me and my family. We have one lady, Lucie, who is a teacher at East Devon Dance Academy and a lot of her students have done dances which is lovely.
“I’m overwhelmed by the response I’m getting, it has completely pulled a community together. It is quite extraordinary.”
If you’d like to make a donation to Alison’s Dance a day November you can visit their Just Giving page here.