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Conway inspired by Hospice visit

Craig paid a special visit to Rovers' charity partnerEast Lancashire Hospice

16 February 2019

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Craig Conway was left feeling inspired after visiting one of Rovers' chosen charity partners, East Lancashire Hospice.

The Scottish star, who is the charity's Player Ambassador, was given a tour of the facilites and spoke to patients and staff at the Hospice, which is based on Park Lee Road in Blackburn.

Conway conceded that he wasn't sure what to expect when he arrived, but was pleasantly surprised to find such a happy and positive place. 

"It's a brilliant place - an unbelievable and beautiful facility," he said. "The guys who designed it and the people who I've met here are so inspiring.

"You get such a warm feeling when you come in. When you hear about a hospice, you think it's going to be a dull and depressing place, that's the perception people have, but now it has definitely changed my views on it. It's actually a really happy and positive place to be.

"It's really important that Blackburn has such a fantastic facility like this and I will do as much as I can to get the word out there and make people aware.

"We've got a couple of fundrasing ideas in the pipeline and every little bit helps, it really does."

Sharon Crymble, Fundraising Manager at the Hospice, added: "The hospice is an amazing place. We're here to care for people who have got an illness that can't be cured, so that's either in the hospice building or in the patient's own home.

"If you've never been into a hospice a lot of people think it's a scary place to come. They think it's just for old people or for people with cancer and it's not.

"We're here for anybody aged 18 upwards. We help with any illness that can't be cured. We have karaoke, we have Ascot days, we have concerts. It's such a positive place and what we try to do is make the most of every day.

"We are an independent charity, so it costs about £3.8m every year to run the Hospice and to provide the special way of caring that we do. We do receive some government funding, but we still rely on voluntary contributions, through fundraising, up to £2.5m.

"It is a large amount of money, but when you speak to people about the difference it makes, it's priceless. So we really, really need the support from our community. We welcome it and are so grateful when we get it.

"Having Craig here has been brilliant. It caused a lot of excitement around the Hospice and it lifts people's spirits, which is great.

"We love showing people around the Hospice and we're very proud to be teamed up with Blackburn Rovers."

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