THOUSANDS of Leek United Building Society members voted to give a cash boost to two North Staffordshire hospices.
For the 12th year in succession, the Society has made a donation to charity for every vote cast and for each member questionnaire returned at its 2017 Annual General Meeting.
The resulting sum has now been divided equally between the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice* and the Douglas Macmillan Hospice**, both based in Stoke-on-Trent.
Chris Belyavin, Regional Fundraiser at The Donna Louise, said: “Thank you to all the Leek United members who helped to raise this money by voting at the AGM. The Donna Louise relies almost entirely on the support of the local community so donations like this are vital.
“For example, this donation could pay for art therapy sessions which give our families – children, young adults, siblings and parents – a chance to express their feelings in a creative way with our counsellor, so it really does make a huge difference.”
Suzi Smith, Head of Corporate Fundraising and Events, said: “We'd like to thank Leek United for their ongoing support of Dougie Mac.
“These donations allow us to continue to expand and offer a wider range of services to people in our community. For instance, in conjunction with Dementia UK we have recently appointed Staffordshire’s first Admiral Nurse to help support dementia patients and their careers.”
Leek United Chief Executive Kevin Wilson visited the hospices to present cheques for £479.55 to each.
Kevin added: “Both these wonderful organisations touch so many lives within the communities we serve, and we are delighted to be able to continue our long-standing support for them.”
*The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families. It supports children and their families with the challenges that having a life-threatening condition can often bring. Services may be provided in the family home or the hospice or a combination of both, depending on the family’s and child’s preference.
The hospice provides care for children between the ages of 0-19 years. Currently, the Trust cares for more than 140 children from Cheshire and Staffordshire. The charity needs to raise £3million annually to run its services.
**The Douglas Macmillan Hospice is an independent registered charity and does not receive funding from any national charity. It is the only adult hospice for North Staffordshire, and cares every day for local people living with terminal illnesses.
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