People of North Derbyshire urged to host Ashgate Hospicecare’s annual Care for a Cuppa fundraiser

A passionate fundraiser, whose mum received ‘loving’ support from Ashgate Hospicecare, is urging people to bring their family and friends back together this summer and take part in Care for a Cuppa to help raise vital funds for the charity.

Zoe Cooke, 39, from Chesterfield, helped raise more than £2,600 from her own Care for a Cuppa event after her mum, Chrissy Stoddard, died at home whilst receiving care from the hospice on New Year’s Day in 2018, aged 65.

The third national lockdown meant the North Derbyshire charity was forced to postpone February’s Care for a Cuppa, instead the community event will take place throughout July.

Zoe said: “My Mum was my hero. She was kind, strong and the bravest person I’ve known. She was loving and caring, and her family meant everything to her.

“The hospice cared for her whilst she stayed there, but the support didn’t stop when she left. They provided equipment, visited her at home and were always only a phone call away when we needed them. They were amazing from the moment we were first touched by their care.

“I wanted to hold a Care for a Cuppa event to give something back to this amazing charity and help raise funds for other families, so that they can get this much needed support and care.

“The event was one of the best things I’ve ever been involved in, and I feel such a sense of pride in myself and my friends, Rachel and Becky, for making it happen.

“I hope you’ll consider taking part in Care for a Cuppa this summer – after being away from our friends and family for so long, this is the perfect time to bring everyone together whilst raising funds for an important cause.”

Following the easing of restrictions, Ashgate is asking people to organise their own Care for a Cuppa throughout July, whether it’s a laidback coffee morning, a classy afternoon tea or even a summer BBQ.

Care for a Cuppa has raised over £42,500 since it started five years ago, and now the charity needs the support more than ever after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ashgate is reporting losses of more than £3 million from its usual income streams, due to the cancellation of fundraising events and repeated closure of its shops.

Lynn Jones, Community Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospicecare, likes to put her own spin on Care for a Cuppa and will be inviting her friends and family over for her very own Prefer a Prosecco event this summer.

She added: “After over a year of being kept apart from family, friends and loved ones, we are sure everyone will have loads of catching up to do!

“After having to cancel so many special celebrations during the lockdown, there’s no better way to make up for lost time and catch up than holding a Care for a Cuppa while raising vital funds for Ashgate Hospicecare.

“It doesn’t have to be a coffee morning with tea and cake – perhaps a BBQ in the sun or a luxurious garden party might be more suited to you! Whatever you can do, your support will go a long way towards helping fund care for the families who need us most.”

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