Residents with raffle prizes at The Mallards.

A Gaywood care home has almost quadrupled its fundraising target for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

Staff at The Mallards in Wootton Road, initially aimed to raise £250 from a raffle but smashed their target by raising £456.

And much to their delight, their funds were given a further boost, bringing the total to more than £900.

Gemma Cooper, who works at The Mallards, said: “Unfortunately due to Covid, we struggled to come up with a Covid-friendly fundraising option this year, until a staff member saw Tapping House hospice offering to donate the prizes if we held the raffle. 

“After a discussion with the team, we felt this was a fantastic opportunity to raise some money for a local charity that was close to the hearts of many members of staff and service users. 

“The support from the staff team and their families was overwhelming, with more prizes being donated and tickets being sold, and we soon hit the £250 mark.”

Staff  applied for their funds to be matched by the Caretech Foundation which took the grand total to £913.

Lindsey Atkin, community and corporate fundraising manager at the Hillington-based hospice, said due to the impact of the pandemic, many money spinning events had been cancelled and  fundraising staff at the hospice had to think of other ways to raise much-needed funds.

“The team at The Mallards kindly responded to our call for local businesses to consider holding a Christmas raffle on our behalf and they raised £913 (with match funding from the CareTech Foundation), a truly phenomenal amount,” she said.

“The Christmas raffles raised more than £2,590 in total for The Norfolk Hospice and we are so grateful to be a part of such a thoughtful and generous community.”

Find out how you can help the hospice, which last year celebrated its 35th birthday, at www.norfolkhospice.org.uk