30 June 2012
Welsh charity secures £15,000 funding in online campaign
Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice is the winner of this year's Vote that Counts in Wales, scooping a fantastic £15,000 funding.
The charity beat 11 other Wales-based charities, including Wales Air Ambulance, Llamau and Noah's Ark Appeal in the Vote that Counts. A free online and newspaper campaign, it challenged participating charities to achieve the highest number of votes of support from the Welsh public and win a share of £20,000.
Yet it was Ty Gobaith that secured over 3,900 votes, and tweets of support from boxer Ricky Hatton, Blue singer Duncan James, and actress Patsy Palmer, to pip them all to the post and win the £15,000 funding.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Simi Epstein, Director of Fundraising for Hope House Children Hospices. “Our hearts were beating when the announcements were being made. We were so excited – not knowing how the voting was going in the last week was hard. We are so lucky and grateful to all our supporters.”
The charity is the only children's hospice in North Wales to provide vital, specialist nursing care and practical and emotional support to terminally ill and life-limited children and young people. The funding will make a huge difference to the charity.
“£15,000 can be spent in so many ways. We take families and
their siblings on trips and each one can cost £250 because of medical
equipment,” continued Simi. “But they are creating memories that are going to
last a lifetime and this is why we do them.”
A further five charities
Wales Air Ambulance,
Blind Veterans UK,
Breast Cancer Care Cymru and
Action for Children
also received £1,000 each.
“We are delighted with how all of the charities, not just the winning six, took part in the competition,” said Clara Govier, Head of Charities, People's Postcode Trust. “There were just 300 votes between Ty Gobaith and Wales Air Ambulance, the runner-up charity.
“All of the charities really got behind the campaign on their websites, on social media and with their supporters. Through our Twitter incentive, the charities managed to reach over 2 Million tweeters and spread the news about their work, which is fantastic. We can't thank those who voted enough. Without your support, the winning charities would not have received the fantastic total of £20,000.”
The Vote that Counts campaign launched on 13 May and achieved over 18,500 votes of support from the Welsh public. As well as the six winning charities, Age Cymru, British Heart Foundation Cymru, Mencap Cymru, Noah's Ark Appeal, Tenovus and The Wallich also took part in the competition.
The Vote that Counts campaign is run by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving organisation funded entirely by the players of People's Postcode Lottery. To date, the Trust has awarded over £4.1 Million to good causes across the country. Postcode Lottery players also support Postcode Green Trust and Postcode Care Trust, and have raised a total of £18.6 Million to date. The campaign ran in partnership with the following key Welsh titles; South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday, Western Mail and Daily Post.