Collabro Go Purple!!!

Collabro Go Purple!!!

Posted on 13 September 2017 by Monika Reichelt

Britian’s Got Talent winners “Collabro” are helping to promote the Ayrshire Hospice “Go Purple” fundraising campaign this year, encouraging everyone in the Ayrshire community to Go Purple and take part! 

The renowned musical theatre vocal group have recorded a special message on the hospice Facebook page ( encouraging everyone to mark the sixth anniversary of Go Purple on Friday 13th October 2017, during national Hospice Care Week.

So, whether it’s wearing purple to work or school, baking purple cakes, or doing a purple sponsored challenge in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice – just go purple!  Over the last five years the Go Purple campaign has raised over £96,000 for the hospice and has seen people from all parts of Ayrshire come together to raise vital funds for the charity.

Mandy Yule, Chief Executive at the Ayrshire Hospice explains “Go Purple has really captured the imagination of people across Ayrshire - from the farmer who dyed his sheep purple and purple ice cream contests to elegant purple afternoon teas, “wear it purple” days and purple gunge contests - there’s no end to the creativity of our fantastic fundraisers!”

This year’s Go Purple day has already attracted commitment from a number of Ayrshire’s top businesses and organisations including Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, North Ayrshire Council, Greenwood Academy, South Ayrshire Council, Forehill Primary, Barassie Primary, East Ayrshire Council, Microtech Digital, PRA Group, Morrisons and Tesco, but more participants are needed!

Last year it cost almost £7.4million to run the hospice, equating to over £20,000 per day.  Of that £7.4million, over £4.5million has to be raised from voluntary donations alone.  

The hospice provides care where there is no cure for someone’s condition, but which aims to improve the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live.  Sometimes that will mean caring for someone who is approaching the end of their life, making them as comfortable as possible in the hospice in-patient unit or at home.  At other times it will be supporting someone with a life-limiting illness at a much earlier stage – perhaps through offering them a place at the hospice day services centre or working with their team of specialist community nurses.

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “Go Purple is a fabulous campaign where it’s fun and easy for people to get involved in their local communities.  We can’t wait to celebrate this year’s 6th anniversary and invite the Ayrshire community to join with us to make Go Purple bigger and better than before!  We are so fortunate that our hospice is so well respected in Ayrshire and look forward to seeing all of the Go Purple ideas that everyone comes up with.”

So go on, bring a smile to someone’s face. Don your purple glasses, bake a purple cake, tie up your purple laces or pull on your purple tights! Support your local hospice and make Friday 13th October matter!

You can also support the campaign by text donate - send PURP06 plus £5 (or your preferred amount) to 70070, volunteer at our purple bucket collections or help to spread the word by posting about Go Purple on Facebook @AyrshireHospice or use #gopurple2017 on Twitter.

To take part or request support materials please contact the Ayrshire Hospice community fundraising team on 01292 288488 or email