Hamper donations to support local hospices

Local hospices have been given a fundraising boost after being provided with donations of Christmas hampers.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, St John’s Hospice, Doncaster, St Luke’s Day Hospice in Sheffield and The Rotherham Hospice are among 40 sites to receive the gifts from Northern Powergrid.

Each hamper is worth £100 and includes items such as sweets, treats and traditional festive goodies.

They have been given to the hospices so they can be offered as competition prizes to help them raise funds.

Northern Powergrid communications manager, Catherine Harris, said it is hoped the donations will help the local charities raise thousands of pounds between them.

She said: “Donating the hampers is a great way to help local hospices across the North East, Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire raise more funds over the Christmas season and feedback from the hospices has been very positive.

“The raffles attract a significant amount of support from local communities and in recent years they have helped each hospice raise anything between £300 and £1,000 which is fantastic. The thousands of pounds raised will give a much-needed boost to the hospices and help them carry on the vital work they do in our local communities.”

Sue Miller, fundraising manager at St Leonard’s Hospice in York, another of the charities chosen for a hamper, said: “We’re delighted that Northern Powergrid thought of the hospice. The hamper will help raise welcome funds for the hospice, which in turn will make a positive contribution towards the care of our patients. On behalf of our patients, their families and the staff, thank you very much indeed.”

Emily Kennedy, fundraiser at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield, added: “The money can go towards helping pay for patients’ meals, providing treatment for a patient, or cover the cost of counselling a local bereaved family.”