On Tuesday 10 April, Housing Solutions Chief Executive, Orla Gallagher visited Thames Hospice to present the local charity with a cheque for over £10,000 following two years of fundraising by staff.
Chosen by staff as the Housing Solutions corporate charity for 2016-18, staff baked and ate cakes, wore their craziest Christmas jumpers, ran in the charity’s Santa Dash and held raffles and auctions to raise money and awareness for the Hospice. The fundraising total was an amazing £5,000, which the Association’s Board matched, bringing the donation to just over £10,000.
The Hospice didn't just benefit from the staff's fundraising efforts, many staff took time out of work to volunteer at the charity. Including, making improvements to the Hospice playground, sorting and clearing the charity shop warehouse and working within the stores.
The charity, which provides expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, say the amount raised will pay for 24 hours care for up to 13 patients staying on their Inpatient Unit, in Hatch Lane, Windsor.
Thames Hospice Corporate Fundraiser, Mary-Ann Leader, said: “On behalf of all staff and patients at Thames Hospice, thank you so much to Housing Solutions for the incredible support! We really can’t thank everyone enough for what has been two years of tremendous help, generosity and kindness.”