Make 2021 the year Glasgow goes Gold
Go Run it…Go Swim it…Go Smash it… Go Gold for Glasgow’s Hospice
A major new fundraising campaign has been launched by The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
The year-long campaign, Go Gold for Glasgow’s Hospice, encourages people of all ages and all abilities to pick a challenge – any challenge - and get sponsored to help raise vital funds for Glasgow’s Hospice.
Go Gold for Glasgow’s Hospice has already attracted support from some of the sporting world’s big names. Dougie Donnelly has fronted the campaign’s video and is joined by Martin Perry, table tennis para player; Shelly Kerr, former head coach to Scotland’s women’s football team; Bethany Kingsley-Gardiner, Principal Dancer at Scottish Ballet and Richie Gray from Glasgow Warriors. The campaign also has the backing of Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Councillor Philip Braat.
It has also attracted support from the business world with sponsorship from EDF Energy, along with CCG (Scotland) Ltd, Slater Menswear, Hobbs Repro and Zostrom Digital.
The campaign urges people to set themselves a goal and have fun achieving it, all while helping raise much-needed funds for Glasgow’s Hospice so it can continue caring for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.
Sports commentator and presenter, Dougie Donnelly, comments: “I am delighted to be involved with Go Gold for Glasgow’s Hospice. The compassionate care which the hospice provides is absolutely essential for people at the end of their lives and for those who are living with a terminal diagnosis, and their families. I would urge people to get involved by taking on a challenge for Glasgow’s Hospice.”
The challenge could be climbing the height of a mountain on their house stairs, achieving a target of 1000 keepy-uppies in the garden with the kids or running a virtual marathon. In addition to helping to raise funds for the hospice, the campaign encourages people to undertake a challenge which will benefit their physical and mental wellbeing. It is ideal for individuals and for teams to compete virtually with each other. But it doesn’t have to be a physical challenge. People can host a virtual sport-themed afternoon garden party or have an online gaming marathon.
Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, comments: “We are excited to launch our new challenge campaign. We want as many people as possible to take part if they can. It truly doesn’t matter what you do, just have fun doing it.
“Like most charities, we have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of our ability to run fundraising events. We rely on donations and fundraising to continue our care for our patients - both in the hospice and in our local community.
“However, I am also aware of the impact of lockdowns and restrictions on people’s mental and physical health. With many of our hobbies and activities being curtailed over the past year, we wanted to be able to offer people the opportunity to have some fun in a safe and socially distanced way.”
President of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Philip Braat, comments: “The hospice truly provide a gold standard of care for people who are nearing the end of their lives. I have been inspired by what I have learned about the hospice and the difference they make to people and their families.
“This campaign is so important that I have already committed to running the Great Scottish Run in 2021 for the Go Gold campaign. I may even take another challenge in the interim, I’ve always fancied bagging a Munro. That’s the exciting part of this campaign, it’s completely up to the individual what they do and when they do it.”
People can find out more by visiting the campaign’s website www.Go-Gold.org.uk for ideas on challenges and get inspiration from other people’s fundraising activities.
The campaign also hopes to run some planned hospice events later in the year and people can register for these just now by clicking on their preferred event on the website.