BIRMINGHAM HOSPICE CALLS FOR HELP WITH EFFECTS OF COVID-19
Birmingham St Mary’s, Birmingham and Sandwell’s hospice charity, has launched its ‘Resilience Fund Appeal’ to help cope with the effects of COVID-19 and keep its services running after the charity has seen a huge drop in its income during the pandemic. All 17 of its charity shops had to temporarily close, and all community activities, corporate partnerships and fundraising events have been postponed. It costs £23,288 to run the hospice every day; £14,000 of this coming from fundraising and donations.
The Resilience Fund Appeal is a call to the people of Birmingham and Sandwell for urgent help to keep these vital services running. The appeal’s logo is a white feather, symbolising the memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, but also as a sign of hope and determination that brighter days are ahead. Birmingham St Mary’s has created ‘Remembrance Feathers’ and is asking the local community to write messages of personal remembrance and celebration, to then be sent back to the Hospice. The team will then create a moving display at the Hospice in Selly Park in loving memory of those who have been lost.
As a thank you for donations received to the Resilience Fund Appeal, Birmingham St Mary’s is offering to send donors a white feather pin badge, so local people can show their support for the Hospice. These pin badges will also be available directly from Birmingham St Mary’s, for a suggested minimum donation of £3 per badge.