Christmas is a time for giving - especially in the Greenbelt office, where we’ve been raising money for Strathcarron Hospice, which specialises in palliative and end-of-life care for adults.
Following a number of fundraising events including a raffle, an office bake sale and even kind donations from our site residents, we managed to raise £510 - which Greenbelt CEO Alex Middleton has promised to match, bringing our total raised to £1,020!
“It’s great that everyone in the office has come together to raise funds for such a good cause,” he said.
“I’m very proud to announce that Greenbelt will be matching all the money that was raised in the office today.”
The raffle alone raised £375, with prizes of hampers of food, wine and toiletries - donated by our billing team - up for grabs.
Customer Services Officer Leon Reid also supplied a special Christmas hamper from Marks and Spencer - which he won back after drawing the winning ticket and donated to Bankview Care Home, another facility specialing in palliative care.
“The hospice is where my partner’s mum used to go for support. We did a lot of charity events for them and this was a good opportunity to get our donations back in,” said Leon.
An office bake sale was also held, with staff bringing in their home baking and other tasty treats: carrot cake, chocolate tart and cupcakes were all on offer, as well as freshly baked scones with debt recovery supervisor Gerry McQuade's special home-made jam - with the proceeds going to Strathcarron hospice.
“I am pleased with the input from all our teams this year,” said billing and debt recovery manager Karen Smith, who first suggested the hospice as the recipient of Greenbelt's Christmas fundraising money this year.
“I have a personal connection with Strathcarron, as my dad passed away there. The care and dignity which is afforded to people coming to the end of their life is wonderful, not to mention care to the families.”
The remainder of the fundraising came from Greenbelt’s Christmas jumper event – where staff can wear festive clothing to work for a day in exchange for a donation to the hospice. This marks the second time Greenbelt has held a Christmas jumper day, following on from last year’s successful day of fundraising for Save the Children.
“We’ve raised money before, but never as much as this. The hospice has a special place in the hearts of some staff members here at Greenbelt,” said billing assistant Kathleen Kane, who organised the raffle as part of the team gathering donations in the office.
“It’s great that Alex has agreed to match all of the money raised, but it’s not the first time he’s done this: I ran a 10k for Speur-Ghlan, the autism charity, and he matched all of my donations for that too.”
The money raised will go to Strathcarron Hospice, one of only 13 hospices in Scotland which provides specialised palliative care and expert end-of-life care for adults.
These facilities care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured, including cancer, heart disease and neurological or respiratory diseases.
Hospices provide these services free of charge wherever they are needed - not only in the actual hospice facilities, but also in care homes, hospitals and even people’s own homes where necessary.
While it’s great that we can raise this money for the hospice services, it’s important that people keep on giving: hospices only receive a portion of their funding from the NHS, with donations like ours making up the remainder of the running costs.
Strathcarron hospice alone requires £10,000 in fundraising and donations every day just to keep running – but the services it provides are so invaluable that it’s worth every penny donated.
This Christmas, you can give the gift of a donation here: http://strathcarronhospice.net/fundraising/