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The Nightingale House Hospice Midnight Walk Returns

by Love Wrexham Magazine

Flashing bunny ears and bright outfits are set to adorn the streets of Wrexham for the Midnight Walk this June. This will help raise money for patient care at the local hospice.

The flagship event for Nightingale House is on Saturday, 29th June. Participants can choose to complete a 5k or 10k route that starts at Llwyn Isaf. Attendees will be entertained with live performances, food vendors, stalls, and more. When the clock strikes midnight, the walk will commence.

Elise Jackson, Events and Campaigns Manager at Nightingale said, “We are thrilled to be preparing for another fabulous Midnight Walk. As the Event Manager, I am excited to witness the community coming together and to make a positive impact. The Midnight Walk is a wonderful opportunity for us to unite to raise funds for this amazing cause and create lasting memories in the pursuit of making a difference.”

£55,000 Raised

Sponsorship raised from the event will go towards providing essential services to people with life-limiting conditions at the Wrexham Hospice. Last year, £55,000 was raised from the Midnight Walk event! These funds go towards various services. Including aromatherapy, child bereavement support, music therapy, and more. This aims to support patients and their families’ wellbeing in unimaginable circumstances.

Georgia Bartley, HOYA marketing officer, added: “We feel privileged to support the Midnight Walk for Nightingale House once again. It means a lot to our community, and it’s a charity close to many hearts at HOYA. We wish everyone participating all the best as they help raise funds and awareness for the hospice.”

Willing participants can get an entry for the Midnight Walk here.

For more information, please get in touch with rachelle.mclachlan@nightingalehouse.co.uk.

Delight Over Vital Funding For Hospice Patients

A North Wales hospice that supports patients from Wrexham, Flintshire and East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns, including Oswestry and Whitchurch, has expressed delight after receiving Welsh Government funding of £363,710 to help continue its vital work.

Nightingale House Hospice was one of 12 commissioned hospices across Wales to receive a share of a £4m fund in April by Health Secretary Eluned Morgan.

Nightingale House Chief Executive Lauren Emberton expressed her delight at the funding but called for a “more sustainable funding model” from the Welsh Government. Lauren said: “We appreciate that the Welsh Government has recognised the challenges we have faced. We look forward to continued discussions to ensure further support to meet our costs in the future.

“However, we need a more sustainable funding model moving forward to help keep us on an even keel. We appreciate the funding received, but it just doesn’t come close to meeting our increased costs, unfortunately.

“Our gas and electricity bill increased by £56,000 in 2023/24 alone to keep Nightingale House running 24/7. This shows the increased pressure we are under to keep funding coming in.

Lauren Emberton
Lauren Emberton

Community and Supporters

“Our community and supporters provide 80 per cent of the £4.9m it costs to run the hospice each year. They are fantastic and have continued to be so throughout the cost-of-living crisis. We need more support from the government to ensure that we can continue to deliver care.

“The hospice sector as a whole is really struggling with the current model as costs continue to soar. We have been involved in regular lobbying with Hospices Cymru over the past 12-18 months to call on the Welsh Government for financial support.

“It has been a very difficult time, and the challenges continue. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff, volunteers, and supporters. Their care, time, devotion, and support make a world of difference.”

For more information, please get in touch with rachelle.mclachlan@nightingalehouse.co.uk.

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Nightingale House Hospice

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