The Prime Minister has thrown his weight behind the #SaveOurHospice campaign.
David Cameron commended the efforts of the Lancaster Guardian and The Visitor in joining forces to raise half a million pounds toward running costs for St John’s Hospice.
Speaking at Number 10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he is fully supportive of the efforts to help the hospice, saying the work undertaken by local newspapers in campaigns such as this was invaluable within the community.
In a speech to editors and MPs from across the country, including Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw and Morecambe MP David Morris, he singled out the #SaveOurHospice campaign as an example of the fantastic efforts being made throughout the UK in supporting and representing the issues that matter to readers.
He took the time to look through the campaign coverage within The Visitor and the Guardian and wished everybody involved all the best.
Group Editor Nicola Adam travelled to Downing Street to tell Mr Cameron about the campaign and the motivation behind it.
She said: “I explained to Mr Cameron that the half a million pounds we are trying to raise is representative of the deficit in funds the hospice is currently facing.
“He asked what money was provided by the NHS and I told him that although it received ring-fenced pots of cash for certain aspects, the money to provide day to day care and running costs was entirely provided by fundraising.
“He was very supportive of the campaign and the difficulties faced by hospices like St John’s.”