UPDATE: Hospice Cornwall expects to hit the mark with last-minute pledges

CORNWALL, Ontario – The seventh annual TVCogeco Telethon for Carefor Hospice Cornwall raised $130,000 on Saturday – but organizers are still hopeful the $10,000 shortfall will trickle in throughout the week.

The six-hour charity marathon’s 2015 goal was $140,000.

It’s a little slower this year but I’m sure we’re going to come in close, because money still comes in afterwards,” said Sandy Collette, Carefor Hospice Cornwall fundraising coordinator.

In 2014, the telethon raised a record-breaking $154,000.

Over 800 clients have used the palliative care facility since the first day hospice opened in 2009.

Collette and her team are tasked with raising nearly $600,000 annually to help cover the operational budget.

“There are no words to describe how grateful we are to the community for today’s support,” she said. “We’d never be able to make our (operational) fundraising goal if it weren’t for the telethon and the volunteer hours TVCogeco Cornwall provides for us.”

To make a donation, visit the hospice website: cornwallhospice.com.

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