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Still Time To Grin And Care It For Charity

There is still time to add your grins to the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Smile exhibition, which has been extended for another week due to popular demand.

Over the past couple of months, the Scunthorpe Telegraph has supported the jolly fundraising campaign, alongside local accountants TurnerWarran. The company dug deep into its pockets to hand over a £1,000 cheque to Mel Banham, head of fundraising at the hospice, as its contribution to the ‘Smile’ campaign, after becoming its official sponsor in April.

Throughout the campaign, more than 500 smiles have been donated by local people, businesses and national celebrities – including top chef Jamie Oliver and weatherman Paul Hudson.

Their efforts have helped raise vital funds towards the hospice’s £25,000 target.

Sophie Cook, marketing manager at TurnerWarran, said: “We like to get involved, and it’s nice to give something back.

“TurnerWarran has been linked with the Lindsey Lodge Hospice in the past.

“Members of staff have taken part in the annual Sleepwalk and various marathons to raise money for the hospice.

“But it hasn’t just been money where we have helped. We also volunteered to collect donations at a couple of the ‘smile times’.

“I carried a bucket around in Brigg Market Place – and my bucket was the heaviest!”

Mr Banham, head of fundraising at Lindsey Lodge, said: “Their support for the campaign has helped us pay for the running costs, and we couldn’t have done it without TurnerWarran’s contribution.

“It’s been a very good exercise. It’s increased our awareness and we have shown people we are able to work with local businesses like TurnerWarran, which is important for future fundraising.

“We have learnt two big lessons: If we had offered a competition element, then we might have had a lot more entries.

“And the most entries were from people bringing in their own pictures to be scanned.

“A good campaign is one which is simple, but trying to keep it simple is the most difficult thing.

“But it’s been nice that we’ve been able to involve people at the hospice as well as in the community.”

Many people have been to the 20/21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe to see their smiles, and because it has been so popular the centre has decided to extend the exhibition for another week.

An extra panel on smiles has also been added to the display, and there is still time for anyone to donate their smile to the Lindsey Lodge Hospice campaign.

During 2008, it will cost Lindsey Lodge £1,800,000 to provide free special care to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families. To help fund these costs, Lindsey Lodge relies heavily on the generosity of local people, organisations and businesses.

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Source: Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 07 June 2008

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