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Earl Mountbatten Hospice LogoThe ever-popular GoYellow! fundraising campaign is set to return next month (Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th October), and Earl Mountbatten Hospice is making it even easier for the community to support care for patients and their families across the Isle of Wight.

In response to feedback, the event will run over 2 weekends as well as the weekdays in between, to give Islanders as much opportunity to fundraise in their own time or at work…or both!

The annual initiative is one of many held that contribute towards the £7m needed each year to support hundreds of Islanders every day in their own homes, as well as in the Inpatient Unit at the Newport based hospice.

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For the first time, schools, businesses and organisations which want to get involved with GoYellow! can pick up a fundraising ‘stall in a box’ which contains everything you need to put on a yellow-themed event, in return for a pledge to raise funds. There are 2 sizes of box; a large box for a minimum £150 pledge which contains bunting, sunflower decorations, penny boxes, sunflowers, wristbands, trolley tokens, badges and stickers, and a smaller box for a minimum £60 pledge which contains smaller merchandise only. Anyone who would like a box can pick one up from the Hospice from Monday, 26 September 2016, or request one to be sent by post.

Dani Johnson, Community Events Fundraiser, said:

“The great thing about GoYellow! is that you can do literally anything to join in the fun. It could be as simple as wearing yellow clothes or holding a yellow cake sale, right through to sitting in a bath of custard or painting your house yellow (no one has done that….yet!). It’s up to you to make it as outlandish and as yellow as you can!”

The Hospice’s 10 shops and warehouses will be supporting GoYellow! by decking out their window displays in full yellow regalia, alongside many other businesses who will be once again lending their support. Even if you’re not able to help turn the Isle of Wight a sunshiny hue, you can still show your support and get involved by text donating YELO16 and your chosen amount to 70070 or by donating on the GoYellow! Just Giving page.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said:

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“I have a very vivid memory of sitting in a bath of custard during the last GoYellow! event and I spent the next few days smelling very strongly of the stuff! GoYellow! is a great way for the whole community to come together in support of the Hospice which itself operates right across the Island, not just at our Newport building. It’s great to see the efforts businesses and individuals go to and the campaign really helps spread the message about our services. Thank you to everyone who is involved and going yellow!”

Earl Mountbatten Hospice would love to hear what people are planning to do for GoYellow! and would encourage participants to send in their selfies or photos of their events so they can be used on our website and Twitter/Facebook (using #goyellow).

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