Above: Evie presenting her sponsorship money to FNHC CEO Jo Turner

11-year-old Evie Shanahan from Stoke Mandeville did 30 sit-ups every day for 30 days to raise funds for Florence Nightingale Hospice in support of the Charity’s “30 in 30 for £30” campaign.

2019 sees the 30th anniversary of Florence Nightingale Hospice and, to celebrate three decades of hospice support in the community, the Charity is encouraging supporters young and old to take on a 30-related challenge.

“I wanted to do this challenge because my mum works for the Charity and I know the nurses there really help people,” Evie said. “I started thinking I would do 10 sit-ups a day, but ended up doing 30! And I raised £36 in sponsorship thanks to my schoolfriends, family and neighbours who all sponsored me a few pounds each.”

The Charity says the fundraising target is deliberately small to remind everyone how the original Vale of Aylesbury Hospice Appeal was funded by hundreds of small donations raised from raffles, coffee mornings and adults and schoolchildren doing little challenges.

“The original Appeal was for half a million pounds,” explains Jo Turner, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “That was the equivalent of £1.3 million in today’s money. What’s amazing to see, as we’ve been looking back through the Bucks Herald archive, is how much of that was donated in sums of less than £100. We want to re-create that community effort, of lots of people raising small amounts, to show how you don’t have to put a lot of effort and time into fundraising to make a big difference to hospice care in Buckinghamshire.”

Evie’s contribution of £36 will pay for FNHC’s contribution to a home visit by a Community Palliative Care Nurse, taking care of someone with a terminal illness in their own home.

“We’re extremely grateful to Evie for being our first 30 in 30 for £30 challenger to complete her challenge,” says Jo. “And very impressed with her efforts on behalf of the Hospice.”