Les Bourgs Hospice receiving funds from Connie the Cow milk cartons

March 15th, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice

Les Bourgs Hospice has received more than £4000 from nearly two hundred Connie the cash cow milk cartons that have been returned in the first month.

At the beginning of February, milk cartons with a difference were delivered to every household in the island to raise funds for the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal, which still needs more than £1 million to reach its target. Islanders were asked to fill the Connie the cash cow cartons with loose change.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from islanders and the reaction has more than exceeded our expectations. We only expected a handful to be returned in the first month but by the end of February, we had received 199 cartons which, together with the cheque from one of our sponsors NatWest, have raised £4,100,” 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.

“It would have been impossible to do without the support of our sponsors but it is islanders who we are even more grateful to. They have been amazing in their support and it seems that there are Connie cartons all over the island. The generosity of islanders is one of the things that makes Guernsey the special place it is,” said Mrs O’Meara.

Islanders are encouraged to include their name and address on the carton to be entered into a monthly prize draw. Ann Parrack’s carton was the first to be drawn out in February and she won dinner for two at Mora Restaurant and Grill.

“I was really surprised when I got the phone call as I hadn’t even realised there was a draw,’ said Mrs Parrack, who used bags of coins she found in a drawer to fill her carton.

“I’m always keen to support the hospice as much as I can as you never know when you or someone in your family might need it. I thought this was a great way of raising money and I hope that it will be well supported by the island.”

Mrs Parrack, who is also a Friend of Les Bourgs, is now filling her second carton and plans on using her prize next month to celebrate her birthday.

Islanders who fill a carton and return it to any NatWest or Guernsey Post Office branch are being offered a replacement if they require one. The initiative will run for six months until the end of July 2012.

Connie has a Facebook page so that islanders can keep up-to-date with progress and with what she is getting up to.

“Once again islanders have overwhelmed us with their generosity. We hoped that this would be an easy and fun way for people to raise money for the hospice and we can only hope that we receive even more cartons this month,” said Friends of Les Bourgs Chairman Jack Honeybill.

(click on the Les Bourgs hospice logo to go to their website)


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