A popular Christmas Market that usually raises over £12,000 to provide end-of-life care to patients across North Derbyshire has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Ashgate Hospicecare’s Christmas Market can no longer go ahead and instead the charity is urging supporters to get behind their Winter Crisis Appeal, launched last month. The cancellation is the latest in a long line of events that have been postponed or cancelled by the charity, alongside the closure of shops and coffee shops during nationwide lockdowns.
Fundraising Manager, Carl Jones, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel yet another event due to the ongoing restrictions. While the safety of our patients, supporters, volunteers, staff and the wider community is always our first priority, this decision only further widens the gap between the funds we need to provide our vital services and the money raised in 2020.”
Ashgate estimates that the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to cost the hospice at least £2million in lost revenue and expects its income will continue to suffer in future years. The charity is currently awaiting confirmation from NHS Derby and North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about crucial additional funding needed for the next financial year.
Carl continues: “We know that it is disappointing that we are unable to come together for this year’s Christmas Market, but we are instead encouraging our local community to donate to our Winter Crisis Appeal.
“However, we know that the winter months are a crafty time, especially with Christmas just around the corner. If you have a talent that you could turn into much needed funds for the hospice this Christmas, we’d truly appreciate it.
“We have supporters creating decorative baubles, handmade Christmas cards and even sprout-shaped pompoms! Whatever your specialism, lockdown is the perfect time to turn your hobby into fundraising.”
Alternatively, please donate to Ashgate’s Winter Crisis Appeal here.