East Lancashire Hospice patient Anita Almond has pledged to raise £5,000 for the charity close to her heart.
After holding a bring-and-buy sale in her home, the grandmother-of-three is now in sight of the target and is just £265 from reaching her goal.
Anita, who lives in Clayton-le-Dale with her husband Steve, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 47.
She has featured in the hospice Community Campaign during the summer, to tell people how the hospice has made a difference to her and how it can help others.
Anita said: “I’m so grateful to my friends and family that supported our bring-and-buy sale.
“We had a fabulous afternoon and the £487 we raised was just amazing. So many people have been incredibly kind in helping me get towards my £5,000 target over the past five months. The hospice is such a good fundraising cause and we’re very nearly there!”
As part of her fundraising mission, in September last year, Anita, who is a former hairdresser and Blackburn College tutor, came up with the idea of a £2 challenge – which involved people donating to the hospice online and spreading the word by telling their friends.
At the time, she said: “Two pounds is less than a cup of coffee, less than a birthday card, and often you have two pounds of change in your pocket.
“I have already received lots of donations for the hospice and some people have chosen to give more.”
Anita has been attending East Lancashire Hospice for over four years. During that time, she has enjoyed complementary therapy, been advised on pain management, benefited from home visits by a Clinical Nurse Specialist and been helped with her end-of-life care plan.
East Lancs Hospice offers a special way of caring for people suffering from life-limiting illnesses throughout Clitheroe, Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington.
If you would like to help Anita reach her target, you can donate by clicking on to her justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anita-Almond