Local analyst raises £20,000 for Thorpe Hall to mark anniversary of mum's death


Holli has hit the £20,000 milestone for her fundraising for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice (Photo: Supplied)

Holli set herself a goal to raise £5,000 for the local hospice to mark the 20th anniversary of her mother's death. She kept fundraising, even after reaching her target, and recently reached the £20,000 milestone.

In the last two and a half years, Holli has run two half-marathons, hosted numerous quizzes, a beer festival, cake sales and tuck shops to reach her target. She even managed to add £2,600 to the pot during lockdown with a special coronavirus appeal, plus her own 2.6 Challenge event as part of the nationwide fundraiser in April to give struggling charities a boost after the London Marathon cancellation.

Holli, from Werrington, said: "I started fundraising as it was coming up to 20 years since my mum passed away in July 2018 and I wanted to mark the anniversary by raising £5,000 for the hospice which cared for her.

"I was just 12 when my mum died, but I remember how amazing the nurses and staff were and I just wanted to do more to help them because it has such a special place in my heart.

"After I managed that initial £5,000, I just carried on. Fundraising takes a lot of work, but I’m also lucky to have had such amazing support from family, friends, colleagues, my local pub, The Ploughman, and of course BGL which has matched my fundraising up to the value of £1,000 each year – which has made a huge difference."

Peterborough City Council recognised Holli's achievements by awarding her a Community Involvement Civic Award earlier this year.

She continued: "I won’t be stopping just because I’ve reached £20,000. The hospice means so much to me and it still needs money. I just feel proud to be able to make a difference."