Woolton teacher raises nearly £8,000 for end of life charity Marie Curie
Woolton Maths Teacher and Head of Year at St Francis Xavier College Kenny Glover has turned his photography hobby into a charity fundraiser by using his daily hour of exercise to photograph over 500 lockdown families on their doorsteps, raising nearly £8,000 for Marie Curie.
Kenny Glover said:
“I live very close to Marie Curie’s Woolton hospice and knowing the incredible care they provide to those with terminal illnesses, I decided that, whilst on lockdown, I’d take my exercise by walking round the city capturing family portraits on people’s doorsteps to raise funds for them.
“I set up my ‘On Your Doorstep’ fundraising page, started promoting it on Facebook with a link to my website and it all started from there. I’ve been inundated with requests and have had to map out my routes to fit in as many people as possible, in fact I’ve now photographed over 500 households.
“All my pictures are taken from the appropriate social distance and I endeavour to email them to each household within three days. All I ask for in return is that they make a donation to Marie Curie. My original target was to raise £100, and I never anticipated that it would be quite so successful!
“I’m thrilled to have raised so much for such a great cause. My camera has just about limped to the end and I must thank Wilkinson Cameras in Preston for so kindly lending me a replacement free of charge”.
Ruth Todd, Marie Curie’s local Community Fundraiser said:
“Kenny is an absolute star! He’s done this for us all the while providing support and lessons for his pupils at school and, with his wife Elisa, looking after their one year old and four year old daughters at home! What a brilliant idea, combining daily exercise, keeping in touch with the community, putting his fantastic photography skills to use in lockdown & raising money for Marie Curie at the same time.
“We need to raise £6,397 per day to run our Woolton hospice, so every penny counts. Our thanks to Kenny for helping to make sure more people with a terminal illness in Liverpool, get the care and support they need – £8,000 pays for 400 nursing hours to provide the very best care for someone at the end of their life.
“Our Marie Curie Nurses, doctors and hospice staff are on the frontline, caring for dying people and their loved ones, both with and without coronavirus. The Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool needs to raise £5.2 million every year to continue to run these essential frontline services, yet our ability to generate this money has been seriously compromised by the Coronavirus crisis. Please support us by donating online at www.marie.curie.org.uk/emergency.”
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