Kieran Adie of GlasgowLiving guest blogs about the fundraising team backing Cy-Run’s bid to boost the Brick by Brick Appeal.
We may have been told to "take a hike" on a number of occasions, but we have to admit that we've never been sent on a 96-mile one.
It may be just a few hundred miles short of The Proclaimers iconic declaration, but did those brothers really ever put their money where their mouths are?
Our fundraising team, GlasgowGiving, is taking the rather long West Highland Way stroll of 96 miles on 5 June 2017 to help Team Cy-Run reach its fundraising target of £125,000 for Glasgow's Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s Brick by Brick Appeal.
So far we’ve secured sponsorship and support from some of our city’s nearest and dearest including Arnold Clark, Sub Club, Wunderground, Ibiza Digital Media, Studio Native, Mearns Builders, Lisa Donati, HSR Building Services, The Swan, SPS, EK Storage and Mini Grill.
For this campaign in association with our sister company, Ibiza Club News, our online awareness and fundraising campaign is likely to reach out to an engaged audience of more than 22 million people.
The hospice, which provides free palliative care to the people of Glasgow in their hour of need, has outgrown its much-loved home at Carlton Place, and our fundraising is going towards the building of a brand new hospice in Bellahouston Park.
The Brick by Brick Appeal was set up to raise the £21million required for the build.
We'll be contributing our donations to add to the remarkable ongoing Team Cy-Run fundraising challenge to boost the Brick by Brick Appeal. So far an unbelievable £112,000 has been raised, and we're hoping to help them push all the way to the ultimate £125,000 target.
Heather Manson, director of fundraising at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice said:
“The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is absolutely delighted to have the support of GlasgowLiving.
“It’s a fantastic challenge and the money raised will boost our Brick by Brick Appeal.
“We have £21million to raise and are now at £19.6m, so every penny that helps us get closer to that target is much appreciated.
“Moving to our new home in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park will enable us to continue to provide a gold standard of free palliative care but in a 21st-century setting. Every patient will have their own private room with access to outdoor space and by extending our services we can care for young people aged from 16 years for the first time.”
So where does it all begin? We'll be found doing some last-minute stretching and severe panicking at the starting line - right outside GlasgowLiving HQ on Glasgow Green. Then 96 miles later (hopefully not remotely reminiscent of the movie 28 Days Later), we'll finish up at Gordon Square in Fort William.
If anyone would like to be there with a beer and a comfy chair, that would be great!
To donate visit our Just Giving page
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