Two popular hospices are recovering from the surprise of receiving a bumper boost from homebuilder Redrow – and planning how to spend their windfall.
St Catherine’s Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice have both been given cheques for more than £20,000 after fantastic fund-raising events throughout the last year.
Each charity was amazed to receive £21,820.15, the largest single amount donated to each by Redrow, with whom they have a long-standing and special relationship.
Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive for St Catherine’s, in Lostock Hall, said: “Over the years we have been amazed and impressed by the generosity of Redrow Homes and once again they have simply taken our breath away.
“We had no idea of the amount being donated and when we saw the size of the cheque we were overwhelmed. I should add that when our director of community & income, Lorraine Charlesworth, saw it she was literally stuck for words because she was so deeply moved.”
The response was equally one of surprise and astonishment at Derian House Children’s Hospice, where head of fundraising, Susie Poppitt, agreed: “We have been involved with Redrow for such a long time that we don’t think of them as supporters, but as friends.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed to receive such an amazing donation, in fact the phenomenal amount simply took our breath away! The Redrow team worked really hard with the events to raise money to help us and we are so very grateful.”
The majority of the money was raised through a Charity Ball held earlier this year, but money was also raised by the developer with a Sportsman’s Dinner and a Charity Golf Day, all of which were supported by staff, suppliers and sub-contractors.
Both charities say no-one can truly imagine how much the money means to them.
Susie explained that some of the £21,000+ would go towards the general running of the Chorley children’s hospice, which supports more than 250 families across Lancashire who have a child with a life shortening illness and a further 150 who are receiving bereavement support.
And she added: “We are currently looking to expand our existing Derian At Home facility, which provides care and support in the family home, but there are other projects we are working on too. We now need to prioritise the best use of this fantastic amount of money which is a wonderful dilemma to have.”
Stephen continued: “It takes £5.1m to run St Catherine’s each year and just 25% of that comes to us through the NHS. We never ask for money, we simply tell people what we do and make it interesting, easy and worthwhile for them to support us if they wish to do so. However, the demand for hospice care has never been greater. Help like this from Redrow means everything to us.
“Specifically, we intend to use this money towards improving our in-patient unit facility that is in need of refurbishment. It’s our aim to ensure that all our beds are used as fully as possible. To achieve that puts great demand on our medical and nursing team but it means we can make the best use of the facility and help as many people as possible. The support of Redrow makes a massive difference to our patients and their loved ones”
Redrow’s own Steve Greenhalgh, managing director for the company’s Lancashire housing division, based at Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, added: “The Redrow team has been absolutely fantastic – they’ve really thrown themselves into raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice and Derian House Children’s Hospice over several years and the amount they’ve raised is staggering.
“My thanks of course go to our wonderful workforce, our suppliers and our sub-contractors, who support these events. Moreover, however, praise must go to these two marvellous charities and those who work tirelessly for them, to make memories and lives better for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
“What they do really is incredible and we are proud and privileged to have such special links with them.”
For more information about Derian House go to www.derianhouse.co.uk
and for details on St Catherine’s visit www.stcatherines.co.uk
For information about where Redrow is building its new homes in Lancashire, go to www.redrow.co.uk
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk