John Taylor Hospice is asking people to pop the kettle on and host their own fundraising event in support of local families. During Coffee Morning Month in April the hospice is asking supporters to get together for a cuppa and a piece of cake to raise funds for people living with a terminal illness and their families. Sian Averill, Community Fundraising Manager at John Taylor Hospice, said: “Inviting friends and family to join you for a cuppa, cake and a chat is an enjoyable way to raise money for a great cause. You could even choose a theme to make it more fun – just like we did with our vintage tea party here at the hospice. 

“We’re really excited about Coffee Morning Month as it’s a new addition to our fundraising calendar. Every cake baked and every coffee sold by our supporters will help to ensure we’re here for local families when they need us.”

Diane O’Connor and her family have raised hundreds of pounds for John Taylor Hospice by hosting two coffee morning fundraisers. “The hospice cared for my dad Stanley Sproson in 2015,” explains Diane from Sutton Coldfield.

“As a family we try and raise as much money as we can for the hospice helping them to be there for other families when they need them – just like they’ve been there for ours.”

Diane and her family haven’t stopped there in their efforts to raise funds for the hospice. They’ve also tackled the gruelling Wolf Run and annual Great Midlands Fun Run – raising nearly £4,000 to help other local families. 

“The hospice staff really were marvellous and so supportive,” added Diane. “The care our family received was second to none. We’re happy to do something to show our appreciation for everything they have done for us.”

John Taylor Hospice has been at the heart of communities for over 100 years and has provided care for generations of families. At any one time, staff are caring for 600 people in Birmingham and across the West Midlands, both at the hospice and in their own homes.

“We need to raise £570,000 from public donations this year,” added Sian. “We hope that many people join us to help make this new fundraising initiative a real success and support us to reach our target. Our loyal supporters like Diane and her family are incredibly important to us and we’re so grateful for their kindness and generosity.”