Saint Francis Hospice Are This Years Marygreen Manor Charity Of Choice!

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If you’ve been following our charitable connections over the last few years, you’ll know that we enjoy dedicating ourselves to a different charity each and every year and this year’s no different. 2016’s charity of choice happens to be Saint Francis Hospice, a local and independent adult charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. They have a team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health care professionals who all provide support and care to those individuals suffering from life-limiting illnesses, along with their family members and carers. This service is all completely free of charge too so you can only imagine just how much help this charity needs.

As you’ll no doubt know, with every charity we support, we always do our utmost to raise funds and that’s been no different with St Francis Hospice. The hospice itself does a huge amount for the people in our community so it’s important for us to do everything that we can to help them. We’ve grown very close to the hospice in the short space of time that we’ve worked with them and that’s thanks to the fantastic relationship we’ve developed with Mike Allen, their corporate partnerships manager. The hospice themselves, as we mentioned above, doesn’t just help the individual suffering from life-limiting illnesses, they also help the families and carers around them too. To do this, the hospice is often providing the families and carers with rooms in which they can stay and be close to that person. To help them financially, we provide rooms for family members for the hospice at a corporate rate. This meant the hospice were able to provide for the families a greatly reduced rate, lessening the financial burden on them. When it comes to hotel rates, we also recently provided rooms at a specialist rate for Mike and his team, which meant they only had to pay for the cleaning. As you can imagine this was a huge relief for the team in terms of finances and meant the money they would have been spending on accommodation could instead go toward those more in need of it, such as the patients themselves.

It’s not just special room rates we offer however. We’ve also provided some much sought after prizes for raffles which included a delicious cream tea for two and a dinner for two right here in our famous Tudor Restaurant. We were very pleased to hear that this raised a great sum of cash for the hospice itself, all thanks to our wonderful kitchen staff. That’s not all; you may remember we held a cream tea for the Queen’s 90th birthday. This was a hugely popular event and one at which we held for the hospice once again to raise funds. We’ve also held what we like to call, “bill round-up nights”. During a “bill round-up night” we give all guests the opportunity to round their bill up to the nearest £10. So for instance, if their bill came to £56, we’d offer them the opportunity to round-up their bill to £60, with the extra going straight to the hospice. The response on these particular nights has been nothing short of fantastic and has been an enjoyable way of raising the money, particularly as we not only get to chat with our guests but we also get to explain the wonderful work that Mike and the Hospice actually do.

While money helps a great deal, we know that we can also offer our help in other ways too. One such way in which we offer our help is to provide parking for their mini buses and other hospice vehicles. While this may not sound like much, it allows them the time and money to focus on a more important aspect of the charity rather than parking of their vehicles and as you’ll no doubt agree, this is much more important!

If you’d like to donate to the hospice, please feel free to contact the hospice direct via their website or better yet, inquire here at the Marygreen Manor about our next money raising night and how you can help!

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