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Shoppers' donations raise more than £60,000 for community hospice

PUBLISHED: 14:39 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 18 March 2016

Charity collection boxes

Charity collection boxes

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Fundraising was held across last year in Bexleyheath

A community hospice is set to receive more than £60,000 after Bexleyheath shoppers’ made the donations last year.

Customers and staff at the Broadway Shopping Centre made the donations to the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice at a range of different events across 2015.

Community fundraiser at the hospice Jackie Collen said: “Every penny makes a difference to the support that the hospice is able to provide.

“We’re a community hospice with only a third of our running costs coming from the NHS so we need a huge amount to help us to provide day to day care.”

£43,000 was raised from the shopping centre’s Christmas grotto last year.

A further £17,000 was raised from a moonlit walk in September, which started at Broadway.

Ms Collen said: “The amount raised by the moonlit walk is the equivalent of funding our hospital specialist palliative care team for two weeks supporting an average of 30 patients.”

Broadway centre manager Peter Sedge said “The care that the hospice provides is so important to those that need it the most and it is incredible how much has been raised for them. We’re a big community here at Broadway, and it’s so touching to see how everyone rallied round to raise this amount of money throughout the course of 2015 and we’re looking forward to raising even more this year.

“Whether it was a visit to the Christmas grotto, sponsoring someone on the moonlit walk or even just spare change in the coin collection boxes around the centre, this is proof that any donation, no matter how big or small can make such a difference. To everyone who contributed I just want to say a great big ‘thank you’.”

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