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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Festive boost on cards for Ulverston hospice campaign

A NEW festive card capturing the wintry beauty of a Furness landmark has been launched to boost the Evening Mail’s campaign to support South Cumbria’s hospice.

Barrow Civic and Local History Society has kindly produced a Christmas card entitled A Winter’s Scene at Furness Abbey and taken by local photographer Mark Quirk.

Proceeds from the card will go to the Reaching Out campaign launched earlier this year to raise £70,000 to replace an ageing fleet of vehicles essential to the Ulverston charity providing vital end-of-life care to people in their homes.

The card was launched by the society’s October guest speaker Trevor Green, an expert in medieval monasticism whose research has involved visiting more than 100 Cistercian abbeys.

The official name of the Barrow landmark is the Abbey of St Mary of Furness, which was founded in 1127 by monks who came from Savigny in France.

Within the abbey was an infirmary where sick and aged monks were cared for. This was the first hospital and hospice in Furness.

In fact, the Abbey of St Mary shares its name with St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

Vanessa Allen, vice-chairwoman of the history society, said: “It therefore seems very appropriate all profits from the Christmas cards sold at the Evening Mail offices will be donated to the St Mary’s Hospice Appeal.”

James Higgins, the Evening Mail’s deputy editor, said: “Many people have been moved to contribute to the Evening Mail’s Reaching Out campaign, either by making a donation or organising a fundraising campaign.

“It’s great to hear of Barrow Civic and Local History Society’s efforts to boost the fund. “They will bring us closer to our £70,000 target and enable us to give a much needed boost to the hospice through the replacement of its vehicle fleet.”

The cards cost £3 for a pack of five. They will be available to buy from the Evening Mail’s Abbey Road office in Barrow.

If you have a story you would like to share as part of the Reaching Out campaign – whether it is highlighting the good work the hospice does or a fundraising event – you can get in touch with reporter Joel Jakson by emailing joel.jackson@nwemail.co.uk or calling 01229 580045.

Or to donate, you can go online to www.justgiving.com/reaching-out or drop off your donation in person at our Abbey Road office in Barrow.

Cheques should be made out to “Furness Newspapers Ltd” and all donations clearly marked for “Reaching Out”.

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