- Created: Friday, 23 August 2019 11:57
We currently have approximately 600 volunteers who between them donate around 10,000 hours of their time each month.
We have volunteers of all ages and abilities and can now boast an awardwinning schoolboy among them.
Zack Dowling, aged 12 and a pupil at Range High School, recently won the Neil Armstrong Award at the seventh annual Believe Awards held at the Hilton, Liverpool One, for “going above and beyond.”
The Believe Awards were set up by Bootle-based charity, Ykids in 2012 to recognise and champion young people who are unsung heroes.
Zack certainly fits that bill as he has raised more than £2,000 for Queenscourt over the past three years after taking part in his first Santa Sprint at the age of just two-and-a-half.
Zack, whose nana Mary Hudson volunteers in the kitchen at Queenscourt, recently visited the hospice to show off his award and certificate.
He met members of the catering team and Helen Birch, Director of Nursing Services, among others.
The £2,000 Zack has raised so far for Queenscourt has helped us to buy a new dishwasher, some new pans and a canteen of cutlery for our kitchen. Zack became interested in Queenscourt after his nana became a volunteer here over three years ago.
“Every time I came home, Zack wanted to know a bit more about it, about the people in there and how they were looked after,” said Mary.
“He knew I worked in the kitchen and couldn’t understand why we didn’t have a dishwasher so decided he wanted to raise money towards one.”
Zack’s first fundraiser was a sponsored swim which raised £700 and other fundraisers followed, including a triathlon which raised a further £950.
The rest was made up from a cake sale and sweet jar guessing game at school.
He is now planning his next one which will be a sponsored bike ride around Southport and money raised will go towards buying new trays for the patients at Queenscourt.
“He has worked so hard to help the hospice and is so passionate about it. He has such a kind heart.”
Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser at Queenscourt Hospice, said: “We are very grateful to Zack for all his fundraising efforts which have enabled us to buy much-needed equipment for our kitchen.
“It is wonderful to see someone as young as Zack devoting so much of his time to organising events and raising money.
“His win at the Believe Awards was certainly well deserved and we congratulate him.”