Going purple for Ayrshire Hospice

Toll Pharmacy will turn their store purple this October.
Toll Pharmacy will turn their store purple this October.

Ayrshire Hospice is getting ready for the sixth anniversary of their annual Go Purple day which this year will take place on Friday 13th October, during Hospice Care Week.

The fundraising team are encouraging the South Ayrshire community to get on board for the sixth anniversary, whether it’s wearing purple to work or school, baking purple cakes, or doing a purple sponsored challenge in aid of the hospice.

Over the last five years the “Go Purple” campaign has raised over £96,000 for the hospice and has seen people from all parts of Ayrshire come together to raise vital funds for the charity.

This year’s Go Purple event has already attracted South Ayrshire support from Ayr Cuts, Ayr Ark, Ayr Hospital, BAE Systems, Barassie Primary, Forehill Primary, NATS Prestwick, Struthers Primary, Tesco Extra Ayr and Toll Pharmacy, but more South Ayrshire participants are needed!

For more ideas contact the Ayrshire Hospice fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email community@ayrshirehospice.org or text donate - send PURP06 plus £5 (or preferred amount) to 70070.

Last year it cost almost £7.4million to run the hospice, equating to over £20,000 per day. Of that £7.4million, over £4.3million has to be raised from voluntary donations alone.

Mandy Yule, Chief Executive at the Ayrshire Hospice explains “Go Purple has really captured the imagination of people across Ayrshire - from the farmer who dyed his sheep purple and purple ice cream contests to elegant purple afternoon teas, “wear it purple” days and purple gunge contests - there’s no end to the creativity of our fantastic fundraisers!

“Many people think that hospices must be places full of doom and gloom, when quite often it’s the contrary. Yes, there are many profound and sad moments and we are privileged and proud to be able to offer outstanding care and support to patients and families who are going through those difficult times. But there are also moments full of joy and caring. Our vital work is filled with moments that make people smile during a time that’s difficult for everyone. Each year, Go Purple raises many a smile and we’d like to encourage everyone to spread that joy. Please do sign up today!”

The hospice provides care where there is no cure for someone’s condition, but which aims to improve the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live. Sometimes that will mean caring for someone who is approaching the end of their life, making them as comfortable as possible in the hospice in-patient unit or at home. At other times it will be supporting someone with a life-limiting illness at a much earlier stage – perhaps through offering them a place at the hospice day services centre or working with their team of specialist community nurses.

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “Go Purple is a fabulous campaign where it’s fun and easy for people to get involved in their local communities. We can’t wait to celebrate this year’s 6th anniversary and invite the South Ayrshire community to join with us to make Go Purple bigger and better than before! We are so fortunate that our hospice is so well respected in Ayrshire and look forward to seeing all of the Go Purple ideas that everyone comes up with.”

So go on, bring a smile to someone’s face. Don your purple glasses, bake a purple cake, tie up your purple laces or pull on your purple tights! Support your local hospice and make Friday 13th October matter!

You can also support the campaign by text donate - send PURP06 plus £5 (or your preferred amount) to 70070. Volunteer at our purple bucket collection collections or help to spread the word by posting about Go Purple on Facebook @AyrshireHospice or use #gopurple2017 on Twitter.