Hospice encourages local people to hold a Big Get Together this summer

Mel Murrell and friends

St Barnabas Hospice has just launched The Big Get Together, its annual summer fundraising campaign which encourages people to get together with friends, family or colleagues, have fun and raise money for charity at the same time.

Wendy Bardsley, Community Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House, said: “We are inviting you all to be part of The Big Get Together again this year.

“It’s really simple. Just get together with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues and hold a barbeque, coffee morning, garden party or try out your own unique ideas. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a loved one on a special date or anniversary.”

Last year, Steve and Debbie Brattle from Worthing hosted a Mexican-themed Big Get Together, decorating their garden with Mexican flags and cacti.

The party featured a cocktail bar serving tequila, a selection of Mexican food, a chilli eating competition and a Mexican-themed quiz.

Steve said: “It was a really great night and we raised £3561.60 towards a great cause. Following last year’s Italian night which raised £2,650 we now intend for this to be an annual event with this year’s get together having an American theme.

“These events will raise money for St Barnabas House in memory of Debbie’s father, Spencer Rayment, and her sister, Dawn Madell, who both received fantastic care and support from St Barnabas.”

Mel Murrell, who volunteers in the St Barnabas House shop in Littlehampton, hosted a cream tea Big Get Together with friends and family last year.

She invited £20 guests and charged £5 entry which included cream tea, while there were party games including a tombola and ‘Play Your Cards Right’.

Mel said: “I wanted to support my local hospice for all the good work they do and to raise a good sum of money for them.”

To find out more about holding your own Big Get Together visit www.stbh.org.uk/tbgt or contact the St Barnabas House Fundraising Team 01903 254777.


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