£20k raised for hospice

Martin and Jenny Bakes (centre) with Lindsey Lodge Hospice volunteers EMN-150408-135235001
Martin and Jenny Bakes (centre) with Lindsey Lodge Hospice volunteers EMN-150408-135235001

Over eight years a charitable couple have donated more than £20,000 to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Martin and Jenny Bakes of Bottesford support the hospice no end with coffee mornings, participating in events and raising money through concerts with The Elderberries choir.

Jenny said: “I wanted to give something back to the community after I was widowed, so I started doing some voluntary work for the hospice such as on the reception and in the charity shops.

“Then I decided to do a bit of fundraising and over the years we have raised a fantastic amount of money.

“It’s all worth it because the hospice does such a marvellous job caring for people who need it most in our local community.”

Recently Jenny and Martin held a coffee morning in their own garden.

“We get the whole family involved helping us out,” added Jenny.

“We get a good turn out from local people and the most we have raised from an event like this is around £500.

“We also raise a lot of money through The Elderberries concerts too. I’m in the choir and my husband Martin is the director- it’s how we met!”

Neighbours, Ralph and Nancy Hudson, were at the recent coffee morning enjoying the sunshine.

Nancy said: “We have been coming every year to the coffee morning and we really enjoy it.

“We have always supported the hospice because they cared for a friend of mine and did a fantastic job.

“It is such a marvellous and local charity which deserves to be supported.”

Also attending were Hospice volunteers from the Scunthorpe Support Group and one of them, Sylvia Knapper, has been volunteering for over 11 years.

She added: “It’s great to see coffee mornings such as this one can raise so much money and everyone has such a good time.

“I decided to volunteer for the charity because it was something to do and meet new friends. I love it and really enjoy doing it.”

Visit the hospice website www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk for the latest events.

Donations can also be made through the site.