While fundraising events have had to be cancelled over the coming weeks, Rowcroft Hospice is calling on supporters to join in a ‘Front Room Fundraising’ effort.

Rowcroft Hospice in TorquayRowcroft Hospice in Torquay

The idea is donations are made to the hospice using the money supporters are ‘saving’ by being in lockdown - such as the cost of a haircut or a night in the local pub.

“A one-off donation of any amount or a regular gift wil make such a difference to local families needing Rowcroft’s care during this pandemic,” said a hospice spokesman. “Your support means the world.”

Here are some of Rowcroft’s ‘Front Room Fundraising’ ideas:

• No Saturday night at the movies?

On average, a cinema ticket and popcorn costs around £15.50. Set up a movie night at home, dim the lights, pass around the popcorn and turn your phones to silent. You have just saved enough money to provide a memory box for a child to help them cope with the prospect of losing someone they love. (£15.50)

• Fancy a night out, in?

Host a virtual night out! Get glammed up, have a few drinks with your friends virtually. Just three medium glasses of wine in a pub could provide one hour of care to a patient on Rowcroft’s inpatient unit. (£19.94) Why not ask your friends to donate too?

• Missing your nail appointment?

Take the time to give yourself a manicure and the money you save could provide the support of the hospice at home team for an hour to a patient, allowing them to spend their last days and hours in their own home. (£32)

• Saving on the train or petrol?

Your coffee and commute savings could pay for one patient’s meals for a day on Rowcroft’s inpatient unit. (£6.78)

Anyone who would like help with fundraising, should call 01803 217450 or email fundraising@rowcrofthospice.org.uk

For more information on ‘Front Room Fundraising’, log on to https://rowcrofthospice.org.uk/front-room-fundraising