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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Talented students design logos to mark Ulverston hospice anniversary

CREATIVE young people have helped to kick-start the Ulverston hospice’s anniversary campaign.

St Mary’s Hospice is marking its 25th anniversary this year and students were asked to design a logo for the occasion. The charity wanted a logo to be used on all its promotional materials and website to celebrate the 25 years of support and care given by staff and volunteers to local families.

St Mary’s is also looking to the future by launching a fundraising appeal.

The Ulverston hospice is aiming to raise £50,000 to top up the recent NHS grant which is being used to build a new education and training centre and a dedicated day hospice facility. The charity wanted the logo to be ready in time for official launch of the anniversary appeal and events on March 6.

Seven logos, created by students from Barrow Sixth Form College, Furness College and Walney School, were shortlisted. The winning design was that of Shannon Thompson, an art foundation course student at Barrow Sixth Form College.

All students were asked to feature the hospice’s existing Forget-me-not emblem. Eighteen-year-old Shannon said her idea was based around a flower bed of Forget-me-nots and she was pleased that it had been selected.

The Walney teenager, who hopes to study at London College of Fashion, said: “I have some personal experience of the hospice and it is a very good cause.”

Second place was Heather Bennett, also of the art foundation course at the college, and third was Tanya Pearson, an art and design student at Furness College.

The three have been invited to attend the launch event next month.

Elaine Close, a community fundraiser for the hospice said: “The quality of the designs was very strong. They were very emphatic of our ethos.”

Mrs Close said St Mary’s Hospice is appealing to the local community to join in the year of celebration by attending events, buying 25th anniversary merchandise, organising its own celebration events with friends or colleagues or even by becoming a volunteer for St Mary’s.

She said: “It’s a call to action to raise money for the shortfall of funding for the day hospice and education centre.

“People are more than generous but in this special year we would like people to support us.”

St Mary’s Hospice provides help, support and care for people with life-shortening conditions throughout South Cumbria, also their families and the bereaved.

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