Cheers to 30 hospice years
Celebrate 30 years of hospice care in the community!
The 3rd March 2022 marks a very special occasion as we celebrate our 30th birthday and 30 years of hospice care in our community. Will you celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us and help us to be there for more patients and families that need us by joining our ‘Cheers to 30 years’ campaign?
During the month of March please celebrate with us; you could throw your own party, afternoon tea, dress down day at work/school or organise a special cake sale or collection at your place of work.
The creation of the hospice was only made possible thanks to our wonderfully supportive local community who began to raise the funds necessary to build the hospice through the help of a campaign ran by The Bolton News - By 1990, £850,000 had been raised and the building work had commenced! Since then, the continued support from our community has enabled us to grow and expand our services, allowing us to care for more and more people with life limiting illnesses and their families. We think that’s something to really celebrate and we would love you to celebrate with us too!
Thank you to our amazing community for helping us to provide vital, end of life care for a generation.
Download our Birthday celebration poster to print and display at your workplace, school, community group, local pub or in your windows at home.
Download your Fundraising pack to help us celebrate 30 years of caring from the heart.
There are so many other ways you can show your support throughout our 30th Anniversary year too, and help to make it one to remember!
From signing up to join our lottery, taking on a fundraising challenge or volunteering at the hospice, we would love our amazing supporters just like you to help celebrate our 30th anniversary. Take a look at our ’30 ways to support us’ list to find out how you can help
1. Organise a birthday party for us
Celebrate with your family and friends and raise money for us at the event with some games or a raffle!
2. Volunteer at one of our charity shops across the borough
You'll be helping to generate vital income for the hospice whilst being part of a friendly and hardworking team.
3. Sign up to our weekly lottery
To be in with the chance of scooping our £1,000 top prize every Friday – for just £1 a week! We will also be holding a special 30th anniversary Summer Draw.
4. Sponsor a Nurse
Our amazing nurses provide expert care, hope and support for our patients. Sponsor a nurse from just £3 a month and you’ll be helping a nurse to support patients and families at every difficult step of their journey.
5. Share your story
We’d love to hear you memories of the hospice from the last 30 years! If you have a story or photos you would like to share, please send them to us at email@example.com or contact us via our social media channels.
6. Charity of the Year
If you are a local business, choose Bolton Hospice as your charity of the year. We’ll provide support to help you make the most of your fundraising for us in 2022.
7. Shop second-hand
Visit our charity shop and showcase your bargains or upcycling skills! We want more people to see the fantastic bargains available in our 10 charity shops - take a pic and tweet us @boltonhospice
8. Celebrate your milestone
If you are celebrating a special milestone yourself in 2022, support us by asking friends and family to make a donation to Bolton Hospice in lieu of a gift – why not set up a Facebook fundraiser or we can provide special gift aid donation envelopes.
9. Collection tins at your business
If you could place a collection tin at your pub, shop, café, restaurant or anywhere else please get in touch - each collection tin raises around £61 a year for the hospice in vital funds.
10. Take on a challenge for us
Anything goes including running, cycling, skydiving, overseas treks and assault courses! Check out our full challenge calendar on our website, including details of our special anniversary wing walk!
11. Add a new leaf to our Tree of Life
A poignant collection of personalised engraved leaves on our beautiful tree sculpture in the main hospice reception.
12. Visit The Old Bank Café
Fancy a brew and a slice of homemade cake? Or maybe a full English breakfast or a light lunch? Come and visit us at The Old Bank Café in Astley Bridge (next to Asda), open 7 days a week (Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 3.30pm and Sunday 11am - 2pm).
13. Shop with us on eBay
Treat yourself to a special item from our online eBay store, where we list and sell items of special interest that are kindly donated to our charity shops.
14. Set up a Tribute Fund
You could set up a Tribute Fund in the name of your loved one - they are a unique way to make a lasting tribute, and for many people supporting a cause by concentrating your time and effort into keeping a memory alive can help with loss.
15. Book a talk from the hospice team
We can deliver talks about the hospice to local schools and groups. It’s so important for us to spread the word about what we do and how people can get involved. To book a talk for your school or group call us on 01204 663 055.
16. Lottery scratchcards
Purchase a Bolton Hospice scratchcard for just a £1 with a chance to win up to £1,000 cash or a Carrs Pasty in an instant – they also make great wedding favours!
17. Join our fundraising events
Come along to one of our fundraising events and show your support – maybe you fancy the Ladies Night, Midnight Memories Walk, or Hike the Pike.
18. Book an education course
If you are a healthcare professional, book onto one of our many short courses that aim to promote the highest quality palliative and end of life care.
19. Make a lasting difference
Make a pledge in your will to make a lasting difference, and ensure we are here to care for patients in Bolton for the next 30 years.
20. Attend one of our 'A Time for Remembrance' events
The events held four times a year for family members to attend if they wish - the most recent events have been virtual and hosted on our Facebook page.
21. We’d love support from 30 Bolton celebrities this year
Perhaps they could send us a happy birthday message for us to share across our social media channels and website!
22. A visit from Cyril the Squirrel
Fancy having our mascot Cyril the Squirrel join you at an event or activity you have organised within your community? He loves to be social and meet our supporters, so get in touch to arrange his special visit to you this year.
23. Become a Patron
Local businesses can become a hospice Patron and demonstrate their commitment to helping local people. There are many benefits to becoming a Patron and your name will be proudly displayed on our Patron Wall.
24. Donate your unwanted items
Have a clear out of your unwanted belongings and book a home collection with our retail team, who will visit your house to collect your items to sell in our charity shops. You can then buy something pre-loved for your home from our Furniture Plus store on Manchester Road!
25. Join our team
Come and join Team Bolton Hospice as a member of staff! Keep an eye on our recruitment page on the website for opportunities for clinical staff, support services within the hospice, as well as the fundraising team – it’s a great place to work!
26. See our Impact Dashboard
Check out our interactive impact dashboard on our website to learn more about how our work is making a difference each year - we are committed to transparency and have developed this online tool so you can view the facts and figures about our expert care and support.
27. Follow us on social media
28. Look out for our special touring 30th anniversary exhibition
The exhibition will be popping up at various locations across Bolton during 2022. We’d love to see your photos of you and your loved ones visiting the exhibition – email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
29. Purchase one of our special items of anniversary merchandise
You can shop our eternal roses, pin badge and foldable shopping bag. Don’t forget our popular Christmas cards, diaries and calendars too!
30. Make a donation
Simply make a donation online. We need to raise £4 million every year to provide our specialist services free of charge. We’re an independent charity and government funding only covers a fraction of our costs.
“The very first patients were admitted to the hospice on 2nd March 1992, and we have been dedicated to caring for thousands of local families ever since. It's an honour and a privilege to care for our community, and we are proud to be such an integral part of our town. I’m sure you will join me in wishing our hospice a very special 30 year anniversary!”
March 1992 marked the opening of the doors of Bolton Hospice and the very first patients cared for, and now in 2022 we celebrate 30 years; our pearl anniversary, 30 years of caring from the heart and providing a generation of care to our community.