Get ready for Go Purple on Friday 7th October !

Get ready for Go Purple on Friday 7th October!

Posted on 29 September 2016 by Monika Reichelt

Our fundraising team are looking for fun-loving people from Ayrshire to take part in their Go Purple day on Friday 7th October, during Hospice Care Week.  Whether it’s wearing purple to work or school, baking purple cakes, or doing a purple sponsored challenge, they want you to help turn the whole of Ayrshire purple in aid of the hospice!

Over the last four years the “Go Purple” campaign has raised over £65,000 for the hospice and has seen people from all parts of Ayrshire come together to raise vital funds for the charity.

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 5th anniversary and invite the Largs 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.”

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, East Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire Association of Businesswomen and teams from NHS Ayrshire & Arran, but more participants are needed! Last year it cost almost £7.4 million to run the hospice, equating to over £20,000 per day. Of that £7.4 million, over £4 million has to be raised from voluntary donations alone.  

Mandy Yule, Chief Executive at the Ayrshire Hospice explains “Many people think that hospices are places full of doom and gloom, when quite often it’s the contrary.  Yes, there are many profound and sad moments and we are privileged and proud to be able to offer outstanding care and support to patients and families who are going through those difficult times.  But there are also moments full of joy and caring. Our vital work is filled with moments that make people smile during a time that’s difficult for everyone”.

“Go Purple is a great fun way for people to support the hospice and ensure that our vital work continues. In previous years 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!  We are hoping that people across Ayrshire, including Largs, will put their best purple foot forward and get involved once again! ”