£8,888 raised in Gary’s memory
Gary Bousfield was a popular local man who worked as a plumber and heating engineer who passed away in Alice House Hospice in March 2017, aged just 49.
“Gary’s family and friends have done an amazing job supporting the Hospice in Gary’s memory. The amount they have raised in such a short space of time is fantastic and they should be very proud. I can only imagine how much of a lovely person Gary was.”
Nicola Winwood, In Memory Fundraiser
Since then family and friends of Gary have raised a fantastic £8,888 for Alice House as a tribute to his memory and to help other families needing the care that was given to Gary.
Gary’s wife Ann-Marie recently held a charity night called ‘Go Groovy for Gary’ and encouraged everyone to dress up in the kind of loud shirts that Gary liked to wear. The evening was a sell-out, raising over £3,000 and included a live band, disco, pie and peas, raffle and tombola.
There have been lots of other examples of support in his memory too: Gary’s son Sam is a member of Phoenix Taekwondo who raised £300 from a sponsored walk. JT Atkinson, where Gary was a regular customer, held a fundraiser instore and raised over £1,000.
Other friends and family members donated to his funeral collection and in lieu of flowers.
Anne-Marie’s sister Shirley Hogg passed away in Alice House in 2011 which gave Anne-Marie the idea to become a volunteer in the Hospice’s kitchen until she became employed as a coffee shop assistant in their refurbished bistro earlier this year.
Anne-Marie says “I am so grateful for all the support I received and the donations made to the Hospice in Gary’s memory. I take comfort in knowing how popular and well-loved Gary was”.
Nicola Winwood, In Memory Fundraiser at Alice House said “Gary’s family and friends have done an amazing job supporting the Hospice in Gary’s memory. The amount they have raised in such a short space of time is fantastic and they should be very proud. I can only imagine how much of a lovely person Gary was.”