By Piriyanga Thirunimalan
A star of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, has planned a Halloween themed online quiz night to raise money for St Christopher’s Hospice tomorrow.
Comedian Tom Allen, 37, who lives in Bromley, is to host the Spooktacular quiz night at 7.30pm on Facebook and YouTube.
Tom hopes to raise more than £10,000 to bridge the shortage in funds able to be currently raised by the hospice, which has bases in Sydenham and Orpington, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
He said: “I’ll be live in your living room with some fiendishly tricky questions.”
He urges everyone who attends to donate to help bridge the shortage of funds at St Christopher’s.
He said: “It will help mean that they can still be there for your friends, family and neighbours if you need them.”
The cash would help to fund more than 650 visits by specialist nurses to people at home during the winter.
The hospice supports more than 1,200 people from Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark every day.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the hospice had to cancel a lot of its fundraising events, leaving it hundreds of thousands of pounds short of its fundraising targets for this year.
St Christopher’s not only offers care within its buildings, but also provides custom care to people in their own homes and in care homes.
A range of support, such as gym sessions and art therapy, are held at the hospice in order to provide the best quality of life.
Just over a quarter of the hospice’s funding is provided by the NHS, leaving an estimated £15 million to be fundraised by the community each year through events such as the quiz night.
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To donate send a text to 70500, writing ‘HOSPICE’ to give £5 or ‘REMEMBER’ to give £10, or go to www.stchristophers.org.uk.
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