Holiday village staff pay for six days of children’s hospice care

Martin Gardner posted on Sep 24 2018

Staff at Ribby Hall Village have done so much fundraising over the past three years they have raised enough to pay for nearly a whole week at Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Workers at the holiday village in Wrea Green chose to support Brian House as their charity of the year, and chose to keep that support going for three years.

By holding an array of fundraising events, they raised more than £21,000 and boosted their fundraising efforts by sponsoring Brian House events. Together they have raised enough to pay for six whole days of care at the specialist children’s hospice based in Bispham.

Brand and Communications Manager at Ribby Hall Village, Charlotte Gili-Ross, said: “Our employees choose which charity we support.  We are a family business, based in Lancashire, very much aimed at attracting families to our destination. It was therefore important that we supported a charity that’s focussed on spending quality family time together.

“It’s been a whirlwind calendar of more than 25 events, challenges and get-togethers – and every department really embraced Brian House, making fundraising an integral part of what we were doing.”

The charity team at the five-star holiday retreat took part in a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, badminton tournaments and quiz nights. They also organised a casino night, Ribby’s Got Talent, a Ladies Who Lunch event and hosted Brian House’s fire walk event earlier this year.

Charlotte added: “We know that the work Brian House does is amazing, day in and day out – and that’s why a lot of time and imagination went into making our fundraising events a success.”

It costs £3,597.90 to run Brian House for a day, offering respite and overnight care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Corporate Fundraiser for the children’s hospice, Janet Atkins, said: “It has been such a pleasure working with everyone at Ribby Hall Village, and seeing their events go on to be so successful in order for them to make this incredible donation for Brian House.

“We get less than 13 per cent of the money we need to run our children’s hospice from the government, so we rely on fundraisers like those at Ribby Hall Village just to keep our doors open and services free of charge to the local families who need them.

“We’re sending a huge thank you and well done to everyone at Ribby Hall Village who has helped to make this incredible difference.”