A NEW appeal to show support for a hospice has been staged for the first time.

On Friday, St Michael’s Hospice invited north Hampshire residents to unite and donate one pound each with the aim of raising as much money as possible in 24 hours to help fund care and support to families going through the toughest of times.

As part of the first A Pound for Patients Day, St Michael’s Hospice invited supporters to organise their own fundraising events to raise as many pounds as possible.

Companies including Clarke & Son Solicitors, Site Equip Ltd and New Voice Media got involved by organising their own fundraising events and collections.

The hospice’s fundraising team was out in force with their A Pound for Patients Day photo frame, capturing members of the community who were keen to give a pound and make a difference.

Collections took place throughout the day at The Malls, Chineham Shopping Centre, and Basingstoke hospital, as well as in all ten St Michael’s Hospice charity shops.

Lynne Grimshaw, community campaigns coordinator at St Michael’s Hospice said: “A Pound for Patients Day is all about the power we have when we come together for a common cause.

“It was incredible to see so many people in so many locations donating a pound to make a difference.

“We were delighted by the response from the local community and are busy totting up the amounts raised from all our collections which to date have reached £1,500.

“We are so grateful to everyone who gave so generously and made their pound count in support of our patients.”