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Star Wars and Harry Potter hero calls for public to back Ulverston hospice cause

STAR Wars and Harry Potter legend Warwick Davis has given his personal backing to a new Ulverston hospice fundraising project.

The famous actor has made a YouTube video asking the public to get behind the recently launched Beacon for St Mary’s Hospice.

The initiative is an online market place inspired by sites such as Ebay, Facebook, Seek and Sell and Gumtree.

In the video Mr Davis describes Cumbria as his “very favourite place in the world” and says: “Let’s try and make as much money as we can for the hospice.”

Beacon for St Mary’s Hospice is a place where buyers and sellers can buy or sell almost anything, and is described as “easy and fun” to use.

The hospice in Ulverston can make anything from £1 to 100 per cent of the sale price on every item sold, depending upon the generosity of the seller.

The charity sees this as a fantastic opportunity for all concerned. The site is also expected to include items from the charity’s shops in Furness. The website was set up by Ian Gillet, of SLR Software, Ulverston, on behalf of the hospice.

His wife, Tracy Gillet, said everyone locally has some personal connection to St Mary’s Hospice and that she and her husband thought this would be a very good new funding stream for the charity. Mrs Gillet said: “We felt that this would be a win-win, as St Mary’s Hospice makes money and so do the sellers.

“This could give longevity for future income for the hospice.”

It is thought that it may be a first for a hospice to have its own online marketplace.

Mr Davis has friends in Cumbria and Mrs Gillet said they were over the moon to receive his support.

Zoe Guest, the lead income manager at St Mary’s Hospice, said the charity is delighted with the initiative and thankful to the Gillets.

Mrs Guest said: “It’s fantastic that Warwick Davis has supported us. Beacon for St Mary’s Hospice is a great idea and we hope it is well supported.”

See www.mybeacon.biz/hospice to access the online market place.

Have your say

Great initiative. Hope everyone issues this to support the local Hospice. A well developed application.

Posted by HKD on 10 July 2014 at 20:58

Let's all get behind this - Anything; absolutely anything that raises much needed funds for this wonderful place can only be a good thing

Posted by thegirlal on 10 July 2014 at 13:27

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