Date: Friday 07 March 2014
When our Regional Sales and Marketing Director Steve Rolt donned a pair of high-heeled shoes to raise money for a day hospice in Bedfordshire, we decided to do more to support the local charity.
Last year Steve took part in the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event for Bedford Daycare Hospice, raising £675 for the charity by completing a one-mile walk in a pair of high heels.
After we learned of his fundraising efforts – and the good cause he was raising money for – we decided to give our backing to the hospice by donating £8,700 from funds raised at our Annual Charity Golf Day.
Steve says: “I was overwhelmed by the support I received for my fundraiser and it’s fantastic that Taylor Wimpey has taken this support one step further by making such a generous donation to the Bedford Daycare Hospice.
“This is a cause close to my heart and the charity relies solely on fundraising and donations, so I know that this gift of £8,700 will make a massive difference to the staff and patients at the hospice.”
The Bedford Daycare Hospice provides care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in Mid and North Bedfordshire. Open five days a week, its services include palliative care for terminally-ill patients, support groups, pop-in sessions and complementary therapies.
Babs Astle, Facilities and Fundraising Manager for the hospice, says: “To run the hospice we need to raise £250,000 a year, which is a lot of money for a local independent charity like ours to find. We rely on fundraising and donations from the community to continue to provide our services for local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
“What sets us apart from some other hospices is we don’t just offer care for people who are terminally ill. We also offer support from the time of diagnosis, which can be incredibly important. That is a very scary time and quite often when you need support the most.
“It helps for patients to come along to one of our pop-in sessions where they can talk to our trained nurses and counsellors, but also speak to fellow sufferers who are going through the same thing.
“It is an amazing gesture and a very generous amount that Taylor Wimpey has given us, and we are incredibly grateful for the support.”
To find out more about the services available at the Bedford Daycare Hospice or to support its work, people can visit the website www.bedforddaycarehospice.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.