Firm’s iPad auc­tion yields wind­fall for hos­pice char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A handy £251 has been raised for the Pil­grims Hos­pices from the selling of sec­ond-hand iPads.

The tablets were pro­vided by Boon Edam, an Ash­ford-based com­pany that de­signs en­trances for of­fices, univer­si­ties, healthcare fa­cil­i­ties, air­ports and many other build­ings. The firm auc­tioned the iPads to its staff.

Ben Lane-Bai­ley, IT sup­port ad­min­is­tra­tor for the com­pany, said: “We regularly have to up­date the tech­nol­ogy we use.

“Some iPads were go­ing to be re­dun­dant to our needs. I came up with the idea of auc­tion­ing these off to mem­bers of staff for char­ity.”

Ben, along with mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Natasha Free­man, vis­ited the Hythe Road hos­pice to present the cheque to Pil­grims fundrais­ing man­ager Vic­to­ria Lawrence last week.

She said: “We are so grate­ful for this do­na­tion. Pil­grims Hos­pices needs to raise £11 mil­lion to run our hos­pice ser­vices across east Kent this year so we can con­tinue pro­vid­ing much-needed care for lo­cal peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

“This is only pos­si­ble with the on­go­ing gen­eros­ity of lo­cal com­pa­nies like Boon Edam and the in­di­vid­u­als who live and work in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

“Our huge thanks to all those who sup­ported us through this in­ge­nious up­cy­cling scheme.”

Ben added: “We are de­lighted to be able to sup­port Pil­grims Hos­pices. Not only is it an im­por­tant lo­cal char­ity, but it is one that has given much sup­port to staff mem­bers at a per­sonal level.”

If you would like to sup­port the char­ity call 01233 504102 or email vic­to­ria.lawrence@pil­grimshos­

Pic­ture: Deirdre Mewse

Ben Lane-Bai­ley from Boon Edam with Pil­grims Hos­pices fundrais­ing man­ager Vic­to­ria Lawrence

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