A summer fete, Christmas quiz and a day at the races, were just some of the ways staff and business partners of Be Wiser Insurance raised £9,880.43 for three charities.
The British Heart Foundation, The Countess of Brecknock Hospice and Naomi House, were nominated by Be Wiser staff in Andover as their charities of 2016.
Lisa Congdon, New Business Development Fundraiser at Naomi House, said, "We are delighted Be Wiser picked our charity to support during 2016. We rely heavily on local businesses just like Be Wiser to support our fundraising and ensure we deliver the very best care to local children, young people and families on good days, difficult days and last days. The money will cover a long weekend for 16 families to stay at the Hospice and receive respite care.”
Her gratitude was echoed by Gemma Hodgkiss the Fundraising Manager of the British Heart Foundation.
“Be Wiser’s generous support for BHF this year will enable us to continue providing vital support and groundbreaking research breakthroughs to benefit colleagues, families, friends and customers. “In the Andover community, BHF is working hard to prevent the 261 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year in the Test Valley. Less than an hour away in Southampton, 6 grants totaling almost £4million are enabling vital research including work to predict heart disease in children as well as remote monitoring of heart failure to keep patients at home, rather than in hospital. From the 44 defibrillators we have funded across the Test Valley, to the 648,500 information booklets, flyers and other resources distributed by the BHF to addresses in the South East, we are supporting local communities up and down the country.”
The money raised for The Countess of Brecknock Hospice will be used to help fund the hospice day care services.
“All the costs associated with the Day Care Centre are met by the charity and one of the major costs is the volunteer driver expenses, which can run into a few hundred pounds each month,” said Hospice Trust Director, Sarah Redhead. “However without our volunteers the patients would not be able to get to and from the hospice thus missing out on valuable care.
“The Day Care Centre is currently operating at its maximum patient quota three days a week and patients who attend day care greatly benefit from their days at the hospice, whether it is because they are on their own or to give their cares a well-deserved rest, the company of others in a caring friendly environment is something to be looked forward to. The donation from Be Wiser will certainly help to maintain this vital service and ensure that it will continue to be available for many people living in Andover and the surrounding area.”
Staff at Be Wiser have chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK, Hants & IOW Air Ambulance, and Brighter Futures, to support for 2017.