May 30th, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice
At the beginning of February 2012, milk cartons with a difference were delivered to every household in the island to raise funds for the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal.
The cartons were to collect loose change. 682 had been returned by the end of April 2012. So far Guernsey residents have collected more than £13,000 in loose change for Les Bourgs Hospice.
‘It’s been a fantastic response and literally every penny collected takes Les Bourgs Hospice a little bit closer to reaching its £4 million target for the redevelopment.
Connie seems to have travelled far and wide across the Bailiwick and can be found in houses, shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants so we’re looking forward to seeing how many cartons will be returned over the next three months,’ said campaign organiser Helen O’Meara.
The initiative has been sponsored by the Guernsey Dairy, Guernsey Post, NatWest and G4S with additional support from The Partnership and Liquid which ensures that every penny raised will go towards the Redevelopment Appeal.
Each month, all of the returned cartons are entered into a prize draw. March’s winner was Peter Bourgazie who won £50 in Co-op vouchers and April’s winner, who wished to remain anonymous, generously donated her £50 prize to Les Bourgs Hospice.
A Facebook page has also been set up and prizes are offered to those who like the page.
Phill Shell won a pair of Aurigny tickets for liking the page before a deadline of 7 April 2012 and Katina Jones won a Nintendo Wii for being one of the first 250 people to like the page.
‘We wanted the Connie initiative to be interactive which is why we have monthly draws and competitions. All of the winners have been so pleased to have won and the April winner’s generosity was extremely touching,’ said Mrs O’Meara.
The current Facebook competition, which will be drawn once the Facebook page has 350 likes, is a set of Karl Taylor photography DVDs worth more than £400 and May’s draw for cartons returned this month is tapas and cocktails at the Rock Garden at Fermain Valley Hotel.