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Bubble Rush 2020 cancelled

Tuesday 4th August

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It is with much sadness and regret that we have to cancel the Farleigh Bubble Rush on the 6th September. This decision has not been taken lightly but following discussions with Maldon District Council, it was agreed that under Covid-19 Health and Safety, and as per current government guidance, we are unable to host the event in Promenade Park. We are so disappointed as we were so looking forward to seeing over 1,200 participants run through the bubbles!

We had hoped to be raising £40,000 from hosting the Bubble Event to continue funding the work our doctors, nurses and carers have been doing on the frontline. We have looked after over 500 patients since the beginning of lockdown and we have also been instrumental in supporting the NHS through the Covid-19 pandemic. As the need for hospice services has been increasing, our income from fundraising has dramatically declined. The pandemic has left Farleigh facing one of its biggest financial challenges since it opened its doors nearly 40 years ago.

Normally all the registration fees for our events are non-refundable (as stated on our website), but due to the extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in and the fact that we have had to cancel this event, we would like to ask you to please donate your registration fee to Farleigh.

If you are happy to donate your registration fee to our work that would be amazing – please indicate this on the form in the email you will have received. If you are registered as a current Gift Aid donor, this donation will also be gift aided. Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donation will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. This additional income has a huge impact and helps us to continue to care for those who need us the most. If you wish to have more information of this please email events@farleighhospice.org.

However, we do understand that for some of you, this pandemic has had a serious impact on you and your family and you may not be in a position to donate the registration fee you have already sent to us.

Sponsorship donations

We know that many of you have been busy raising sponsorship in preparation of the Bubble Rush event. We do need to inform you that if an event is cancelled for whatever reason, as per the Code of Conduct from the Institute of Fundraising, the person who is collecting the money has a duty to contact all donors and ask if they are still happy for the sponsorship money to be donated to the chosen charity, as it would have been should the event had taken place.

We would therefore be very grateful if you could contact your generous sponsors and ask if they are still happy for their money to be donated to Farleigh Hospice. There are two options to contact your sponsors with:

If donated online via Justgiving - JustGiving will be able to refund any sponsorship received within the past six months only. Outside of this timescale, your sponsor will need to contact Farleigh Hospice directly and this needs to be done by the 6th September 2020 at the latest please.

Paper Sponsorship forms - if you have used a sponsorship form and the money has already been paid to Farleigh Hospice, please email events@farleighhospice.org with the details of the donor/s who wish to be refunded. They will then need to contact us directly so we can manage their refund.

We would ask that any responses or request for refunds are advised to us by 6th September 2020 at the latest please.

We are so sorry to have to cancel this event but we know you will appreciate the current situation and the limitations this has placed on events such as this, as well as the impact on the income we raise to enable our doctors, nurses and carers to support people living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement.

Thank you for your continued support of Farleigh Hospice. It's because you care that we can.