Islands’ Fundraising For Children’s Charity Close To Important Milestone

George Teideman

George Teideman

Fundraising for the Southwest Children’s Hospice is about to reach an important milestone, with almost £100,000 raised by islanders since 2007.

And the man who organises the collections in Scilly, George Teideman, says it’s an extraordinary figure to be collected by so few people.

George and wife Margaret first started fundraising for the charity in 2007 after visiting the hospice in Barnstaple. George said they left with tears in their eyes, and promised to help out.

Since that time, he’s organised regular events, including his popular guided walks around the islands, as well as street collections.

So far this year, there has been a fundraising dinner at Tregarthen’s, and two ‘ghost cruises’ to the Western Rocks.

Helen Glenn arranged for children in her care to paint seashells and display them on her wall overlooking Old Town Bay. That raised £40, which George says was very special because it was about very young children helping others in a worse situation.

This year’s activities have raised £6,500, which will be handed to the hospice this month.

George says it costs “big money” to run the three children’s hospices in the Southwest. Little Harbour hospice in St Austell, which opened its doors in 2011, needs almost £2m a year to keep going.

Although George is as enthusiastic as ever to raise money for the charity, he says he’s not getting any younger. He’s keen to get a new generation involved and hopes that, in time, someone can take over the running of the fundraising activities.

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