The annual Pride of the Isle awards night – which was held on 28th January 2017 – has raised an incredible £22,412, which will go towards Lex’s Legacy and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
The awards night was started by Maxine Strong in 2013 in memory of her son Lex, who passed away at Bluebell Wood when he was just seven years old after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer.
Each year Pride of the Isle also celebrates unsung heroes who have displayed remarkable courage or gone above and beyond to help their local community. Half of the money raised at the awards night is also donated to Bluebell Wood. Since it began, the awards ceremony has raised over £25,000 for the hospice, which is enough to pay for 1200 hours of specialised nursing care.
Bluebell Wood cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions; and their families. Their support includes end of life care, short breaks, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, home visits and more.
Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “Saturday’s awards night was a fabulous event; it gets bigger and better every year. We’d like to say a huge well done to all the nominees and winners – you are all incredibly inspirational and deserving of your awards.
“We are really excited to be working with Pride of the Isle, which is a cause so close to Lex’s family’s hearts. The money raised from this year’s awards means we can help other families live with lots of love and laughter, whether they have days, weeks, months or years together.”