How playing the St Barnabas Spring Raffle supports patients

28th February 2023

Blue heart shape with picture of woman in nurse outfit and blue lanyard. Text in dark blue reads "Help me to give our patients that extra comfort they need by taking part in our spring raffle." Tracy, Health and Rehabilitation Support Worker

With a top prize of £2,023 to be drawn at the end of March, the Spring Raffle by St Barnabas gives players more than the chance to win great prizes; it supports patients with life-limiting and terminal illnesses all around the county.

Every year, the charity supports over 12,000 people who are suffering from conditions such as cancer, heart failure, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s, among others.

Patients are cared for in their own homes, within the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln and in Grantham’s Hospice in the Hospital. St Barnabas also hosts coffee mornings and support groups in their Wellbeing Centres, which can be found in various locations around the county.

Two women, one with short brown hair and the other with spiky grey hair, holding hands. The woman on the right is sitting in a beige chair with a red and grey checked blanket on her legs. Next to them is a vase with colourful flowers.

Tracy Atkins is a Health and Rehabilitation Support Worker at the Inpatient Unit and sees the difference that St Barnabas makes every day.

She says: “A common misconception about our care is that it’s about death, but we see it as being about living. Whether it’s years, months, weeks, or days, we want our patients to be able to continue to be themselves for as long as possible and live their life to the fullest.

“We do this not just by providing vital medical care, but also physiotherapy, equipment to help with mobility, and we can even give advice about the benefits patients are entitled to. We can also give emotional and spiritual support including counselling, spiritual care and bereavement support to patients, their families, friends and carers.

“Our mission is to continue supporting communities around Lincolnshire and give our free, compassionate care to those who need it. We have recently celebrated our 40th anniversary and to continue for many years to come, we need your help.

Am elderly woman wearing a white St Barnabas Hospice T-shirt and blue lanyard sitting on a blue bench with a dark haired man. They are surrounded by plants and trees, and are looking down at a notepad the man is holding.

“By playing our Spring Raffle for just one pound per ticket, you will be supporting clinical staff like myself to give care to those in your community, and of course the prizes are very worthy too!”

The first prize of £2,023 would be a massive boost; it could pay for a holiday, home improvements or simply pay off some bills. The second prize is £500, third prize £250 and five instances of £50 are up for grabs too.

The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 29th March, with entries closing the Friday before, 24th March. Sign up for the Spring Raffle by visiting the St Barnabas website.

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