All news

Premier League Winner backs Rainbows’ appeal

Wes Morgan with Bow Bear at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Leicester City footballer Wes Morgan has declared his support to our fundraising appeal.

The defender has backed the appeal, which was launched as we face loses of up to £1 million because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Wes, who has visited our hospice on several occasions and spent time with the families, also made a donation of £1,000 to the appeal.

He said: “Rainbows is a very special place and the work that is carried out there is just amazing. I understand it’s difficult to raise money in these unprecedented times and I hope this small contribution will help.”

Since the start of the outbreak, we have suffered a huge dent in our income, and will continue incurring significant losses without donations.

Shortfalls have occurred because we were forced to close our five shops across the East Midlands, mass participation events have been cancelled and we are unable to hold any fundraising events. Schools, community groups and companies cannot carry out their regular fundraising and income from our Lottery is also down. This year’s Spring Superdraw was cancelled for the first time in its history. 

Although we aren’t at imminent risk of closure, the long term impact for our hospice, which supports over 450 families, is unknown.

Jane Burns, Director of Supporter Relations at Rainbows, added: “We would like to thank Wes for his very kind donation. The support we have had from the community since launching this appeal has been incredible. Times are difficult for everyone and it is wonderful to see so many kind-hearted messages and donations coming our way.”

To donate to Rainbows, visit rainbows.co.uk/donate or call 01509 638049.