Local businesses have rallied to support the Peace Hospice after the charity recently announced an end of year shortfall of £1/2 million.
The Peace Hospice which provides care to patients living with a life limiting or terminal illness from across South West Hertfordshire, is reliant on raising over £3 million each year in charitable donations.
The Hospice has recently set up a Corporate Development Group chaired by Jenny Tomley MD of John Lewis Watford and comprising of key local businesses including the Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce, the Watford Observer, Tomlin Bean, U L Medicines Ltd, Penman Johnson LLP, My News, BT Global Services, Corona Energy, Watford Borough Council, Herts County Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, HW Fisher, Vinci, Moor Park Golf Club, The Clarendon, CBJ, Clock Limited, De Lage Landen and Cardif Pinnacle.
Hospice Director of Fundraising and Communications, Paul Gauntlett said ‘I am delighted that we have had such a great response from key businesses in the area. The group will work closely with the Hospice to help extend our network of corporate supporters across South West Herts and provide top level business expertise to that which already exists here at the Hospice. The group will also look to identify ways that it can individually and collectively achieve a target in support of a major project for the Hospice – I’m delighted that the group are right behind us at this time.’
He added ‘We recently launched our Urgent Spring Appeal as a result of our shortfall in income. We are determined to do everything we can so that we can continue providing a high quality of care to our patients and their families. Our appeal has already raised £58,757 but we still have a long way to go. I am confident that the way in which individuals and businesses have already begun to offer their support, will help us push forward towards our £3 million target for the year.’
Local company, Corona Energy are a member of the newly formed Corporate Development Group and are also regular supporters of the Hospice. They have been spurred on by the charities needs for additional funds; organising amongst other events, a ‘Masked Ball’ event for staff. Head of Human Resources, Mark Waters said ‘We’ve encouraged our staff to support the Peace Hospice by holding an event that will see our staff don wigs, tights and associated finery at our Masked Ball. For every pound that staff donate, we will match fund the final amount. It’s a great way to support the Hospice and is a great way for us to have some fun at the same time.’
De Lage Landen on Croxley Business Park have chosen The Peace Hospice as their charity and plan to raise an impressive £30,000 through a Golf Day, auction, events and employee involvement including five staff taking part in the London Triathlon.
The hospice has also benefited recently from a £11,000 donation from the Herts & Middlesex Financial Services Annual Dinner which continues to be very well supported despite the recession.
To donate to the Urgent Spring Appeal, click here or call the Peace Hospice during office hours on 01923 335372.