A digger in Penrith has been given a make-over to raise money for two local hospices.
The company that owns the pink JCB will donate part of the fees every time it is hired to Eden Valley Hospice and Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
Last year the company raised £56,000 for the charities.
A Cumbrian charity could win a £250,000 home in a national competition. Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland gives people who are in the final stages of their life the chance to stay at home.
The charity says the money would give it both security and the chance to expand.
It has reached the final 24 of a national competition to win a Persimmon home.
The Charity Director Sheila Thompson said:
It costs 11,000 pounds a week to run Carlisle and North Lakeland Hospice at Home which is reliant entirely on donations.
The charity which receives the most on line votes wins the house.
A campaign to bring ‘hospice at home at night’ services to the South Lakes has been launched.
The local MP Tim Farron has written to Dr Hugh Reeve asking him to bring in this service. Hugh as the Chair of the GP consortia which has the role of commissioning services for patients in South Lakeland.
Currently after 7pm there is no hospice at home service in South Lakes. Each time a person has to call out an ambulance or get emergency help over night it costs the NHS around £3,000.
Currently there is a ‘hospice at home at night’ being run in Barrow which cares for 200 people a year. Estimates put the potential savings of a ‘hospice at home at night’ service for South Lakes at around £1 million a year for the NHS.