A Blackburn jewellers is raffling a £200 gemstone in honour of East Lancashire Hospice to raise vital funds for the charity.

Ainsworth Jewellers, in Darwen Street, is donating the beautiful pear-shaped red spinel gemstone out of respect for the unwavering care offered to the lcoal community by the Hospice, which is close to the company's heart.

The precious gemstone is offered as part of the 150-year-old jewellery business’ commitment to helping people find comfort in the legacy of jewellery left behind by loved ones.

The winner will also receive a personal design service and CAD rendering worth £200 for the spinel stone to be made into the jewellery of their choice, whether that’s a necklace, a ring or added to a charm bracelet.

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Fifth generation owner of Ainsworth Jewellers, Phil Ainsworth, and his wife, Helen Dimmick, are proud supporters of the Hospice.

The raffle is in addition to another of their initiatives, ‘Wendy’s Legacy’, named after a dear friend of the couple who frequented their business for more than 30 years. 

As a tribute to their loyal customer, they set up a scheme providing a 15 per cent profit contribution to East Lancashire Hospice for all work or purchases made in memory of a loved one.

Helen Dimmick, a qualified gemmologist, diamond grader and jewellery specialist said: “We’ve had a great sense of fulfilment from remodelling jewellery, resizing rings and creating bespoke items through ‘Wendy’s Legacy’. 

“By donating this raffle prize is just another way for us to say ‘Thank you’ for the amazing service the Hospice provides to our local community and we do hope people will dig deep in support.”

Leanne Green, Fundraising and Lottery Lead at East Lancashire Hospice, added: “It’s great to have built such a longstanding and rewarding partnership with Ainsworth Jewellers and for that we are truly grateful.

“We can’t wait to see how much the raffle will raise with all proceeds going directly to benefit our patients, their families and of course in the day to day running of our hospice to continue to provide the level of care that we are so fiercely proud of.”

The draw will take place at 1pm on Wednesday, August 31, and the lucky winner will be contacted directly by East Lancashire Hospice. Entries will close at midnight on Monday, August 29. 

Tickets for the raffle to be in with a chance of winning this unique prize are £10 and are available direct from the hospice or online at the East Lancashire Hospice's website.