We were delighted to be invited by Thames Hospice to the prestigious Guildhall in Windsor to hear all about the Hospice’s exciting new build plans and how local businesses and influential people from local organisations and staff might be able to get involved in fundraising opportunities to support the Hospice.
The panel of speakers at the event were hosted by new Fundraising Director Sarah Bissell, included the Hospice’s Chief Executive, Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Ambassador and local entrepreneur Alison Cooper, as well as Corporate Supporter Sarah Newby, Legal Counsel and Company Secretary, Urenco.
Debbie provided some key insights into the current work of the Hospice. Debbie Raven said: “Despite all of our life-changing work, we have a significant problem. The care we provide is outstanding, but our building is holding us back.
“With growing demand for our services, we are embarking on building a new hospice by Bray Lake, near Maidenhead, that will serve the needs of the community now and into the future. We are confident our new hospice and expanded community services will be able to support everyone who needs us when we open in 2020.”
Sarah Newby shared how Urenco’s staff are currently supporting Thames Hospice. Alison Cooper and her former staff at En Route were personally touched by the work of the Hospice after a fellow employee was cared for. Both Sarah and Alison offered advice on how companies can support the charity and make a huge difference to local lives.
Guests included our very own, Steve Wilson and David Allan (pictured), Steve commented “It was a great evening and we are looking forward to working with Thames Hospice and like-minded corporate partners supporting this very worthy cause.”
Other companies represented included Maidenhead-based event management business Conference Contacts, Savills Guildford and Windsor branches, IBB Solicitors based in Uxbridge and Onimpact, a design marketing agency situated in Wokingham. We were also delighted to welcome Jeremy Spooner, CEO, Baylis Media. The Louis Baylis Trust is a significant supporter of the Hospice and has donated £115,000 for the physiotherapy centre in the new build.
The new build will cost an estimated £18 million. Through the support of the community, they have raised £15 million. However, they desperately need support from local companies and entrepreneurs to help raise the remaining £3 million, as well as the £8 million it costs annually to keep the Hospice running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
David added, ‘We were proud of our 2hW team who earlier in the year raised £800+ completing a sponsored bike ride for Thames Hospice and we will continue to support this amazing charity where we can going forward’.