St Nicholas Hospice Care launches Compassionate Companies initiative

Working with a local business St Nicholas Hospice Care have launched a new initiative, which seeks to encourage local businesses, whatever their size to become advocates for the charity’s work.

Working alongside the Beckett Investment Management Group, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Compassionate Companies initiative aims to encourage businesses to become hospice advocates who will help to promote the charity’s aims throughout their workplaces and the wider community.

The initiative, which is also sponsored by Beckett’s, is focused on increasing understanding; with businesses encouraged to work with the charity to support their employees who may, inside or outside of work, be experiencing dying, death and bereavement.

Ian White, Beckett’s managing director, said: “We got involved with Compassionate Companies because it’s a great way of helping St Nicholas Hospice Care whilst caring for our staff. Most of our team know someone who has received care or support from the hospice and this provides us with an opportunity to make a real difference.

“Our support for the hospice goes back many years and Compassionate Companies helps us build on that relationship in a new and innovative way.”

Through the hospice’s education team additional training will also be offered to encourage businesses to enable conversations around end-of-life subjects, not just among their staff, but between their employees and customers when needed.

Rachel Card, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “As a charity, we work extensively in the local community. Not only do we support people with medical care, we also offer emotional and spiritual support. Our local business community has always been hugely supportive of the hospice, and we hope Compassionate Companies will allow us to work even closer.”

Those companies who choose to raise funds will also be supported by the charity, with their achievements recognised with four milestone awards, bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

For more information please contact hospice corporate fundraiser Rachel Card by emailing Rachel.card@stnh.org.uk or by telephoning 01284 715560.

Pictured above are staff from Beckett Investment Management Group alongside St Nicholas Hospice Care corporate fundraiser Rachel Card (front right) helping to launch Compassionate Companies.

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