Twitter’s fortnightly #VirtualPubCrawl was created by Hartlepool man Rob Dignen and has grown beyond his expectations, reaching people around the world and raising over £6,000 for Alice House Hospice.
Rob started the virtual get-together over Easter Bank Holiday, when he would have normally gone out with friends and it quickly took off with people from all over the UK and beyond who have enjoyed sharing music, selfies and speaking together on Twitter.
The online gathering has so far raised almost £5,000 from just three events, since the Hospice was named as its chosen charity in May.
The VPC takes place once every fortnight and Twitter users can chat to each other and post selfies using the hashtag #VirtualPubCrawl and following its founder, Rob Dignen @indierob9
Hartlepool Rovers FC have donated £500 to Alice House Hospice from a Lotto Bingo that was originally set up to raise funds for the rugby club while in lockdown.
Twitter’s #VirtualPubCrawl, organised by Hartlepool man Rob Dignen continues to go from strength to strength.
The fortnightly online gathering has now raised in excess of £3,000 for Alice House Hospice.
Local man Matthew Bowman is combining his love of cricket and cycling to raise funds for Alice House Hospice
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected charities across the country and Alice House Hospice had to make the difficult decision to postpone and cancel fundraising events. That, added to the lost income from the Hospice Shops which had to close their doors, has created a shortfall in their fundraising for the year.
A Hartlepool man has responded to the social restrictions of the Coronavirus Crisis by hosting his own Virtual Pub Crawl and is now using this fortnightly event to support local Hospice patients.
When Susan was taken into hospital with Covid19 she was really poorly.
All her friends, old and new, from Monsoon Accessorize arranged a collection to send Susan and her partner Neil away for a weekend. Any money left over Susan wanted to donate to a charity of her choice, but unfortunately Susan never came out of hospital and died on 1st May 2020.
Following the success of the Smart TV appeal, Hospice staff felt that it would be a great help and comfort to patients and visitors, particularly those in isolation, to have access to Netflix.
The streaming service would help to entertain patients with a wide variety of box sets, movies and documentaries.
In the early stages of Lockdown, patients along with their families and friends were faced with the difficult news that Hospice visiting rules would be significantly restricted, in order to protect people and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The consequences of this were that loved ones could not be together, resulting in increased isolation for people approaching the end of their lives.