Coming Together For An Important Cause Our Fundraising Groups play an important role in raising funds for the Hospice. They are a great way to make new friends, enabling individuals of all ages to be involved in the planning and organising of the events they hold. Julia is one of our fantastic volunteers from the Harborne fundraising group who supported setting up the group over three years ago after finding out more about the Hospice at a community meeting. “I wanted to volunteer at the Hospice as before I retired I worked as a GP so I had experience of how the Hospice had helped people at the end of their life, both in the Hospice and in the community. I also saw the additional work the Hospice does in educating doctors and nurses in palliative care. On a more personal level, I saw first-hand the care and dedication my much loved, mother-in-law received from the staff in the Hospice during the last weeks of her life. Each year at Harborne Fundraising Group we hold a Pre- Christmas Coffee and Craft Morning. We have also had a Quiz and Supper Evening, a Cheese and Wine Evening and a Book Sale. It is fun deciding on our next event and this year we plan to have another quiz and hold an afternoon tea. Often it is hard work planning and organising the event but worth it when people say how much they have enjoyed it and it is rewarding to see how much money has been raised. Within the group we all use different talents; some of us like baking, crafting, growing plants to sell and some of us like to organise and collect donations for raffle prizes etc. Whatever talent you have, you can put it to good use within a fundraising group! Our group has evolved over time and there are now six of us as well as several more who help us with our events. I would certainly recommend people to get involved with a fundraising group or to set up your own local fundraising group to continue raising vital funds for the Hospice.” Without our brilliant Fundraising groups, we would not be able to continue to provide free care and support to those living with a terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell. If you're interested in joining an existing fundraising group, we have groups located in Harborne, Kings Norton, East Birmingham and Rubery. There is also our Hospice Choir who hold concert fundraisers or alternatively, you could set up your own group! Visit http://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/fundraising-group-volunteers to find out more. Make volunteering your New Year’s Resolution!