Amazing total raised by ladies who lunch

Pictured (left to right): Fiona Menzies, Head of Fundraising at the Ayrshire Hospice, Annie Small, Chairperson, Ladies who Lunch Club (Seamill), Mandy Yule, Chief Executive of the Ayrshire Hospice; Lyn Bateman, Senior Fundraising Officer, Ayrshire Hospice, Joyce Falconer, Isobel Lovie, Honorary Patron & Margaret Cook, Joint Chairperson, Ladies Lunch Club (Western House).
Pictured (left to right): Fiona Menzies, Head of Fundraising at the Ayrshire Hospice, Annie Small, Chairperson, Ladies who Lunch Club (Seamill), Mandy Yule, Chief Executive of the Ayrshire Hospice; Lyn Bateman, Senior Fundraising Officer, Ayrshire Hospice, Joyce Falconer, Isobel Lovie, Honorary Patron & Margaret Cook, Joint Chairperson, Ladies Lunch Club (Western House).

The 29th Ayrshire Hospice Annual Ladies Lunch was held at Trump Turnberry Resort on Sunday 5th March and raised an amazing £36,000 for the charity.

A wonderful afternoon was had by all in the stunning new ballroom, in the company of guest speaker Joyce Falconer who provided first-class entertainment for all the ladies on the day.

The monthly Ladies Lunch Club (held at Western House Hotel in Ayr) and the Ladies Who Lunch Club (held at Seamill Hydro in West Kilbride) both presented very generous cheque donations of £17,000 and £8,000 respectively at the event, contributing to the amazing total of £36,000 raised on the day.

This is the highest amount ever raised at an hospice Annual Ladies Lunch!

The Ayrshire Hospice looks after patients and families from across the whole of Ayrshire and during 2015-16 had 1,262 referrals including 442 from East Ayrshire, 416 from South Ayrshire and 391 from North Ayrshire.

Almost a third of the patients that come to the hospice in-patient unit are discharged and are able to return home after a period of care, assessment, treatment or respite.

The majority of the care provided by the hospice is provided in the community with just over 4,000 visits being made to patients during 2015-16 by the Ayrshire Hospice team of community specialist palliative care nurses.

During 2015-16, it cost almost £7.4m to run all hospice services. Against this £7.9m was raised with over £4.8m through voluntary donations.