GENEROUS staff at AstraZeneca have given more than £16,000 to East Cheshire Hospice by buying surplus office furniture.
Office furniture that is no longer needed has been sold in two giant sales and all the proceeds donated to the hospice.
Graeme Bristow, the manager of AstraZeneca’s Alderley Park site, said: “It’s just great that we have been able to help them raise funds.
“I’m really grateful to the team on site, led by Annabelle Hendrick, who made this happen and the staff who joined in and bought furniture.
“It’s certainly going to a worthy cause.”
At two sales last month, more than 300 staff bought over 500 pieces of office furniture, including desks, chairs, pedestals, meeting tables, filing cabinets, meeting tables, coat stands and pin boards.
Staff were asked to make donations for the furniture and queues formed ahead of doors opening on the day of the first sale.
East Cheshire Hospice’s events fundraiser Camilla Crockett said: “The hospice is so grateful for AstraZeneca’s continued support.
“It took a lot of time and effort to ensure the sale was such a success and we have been overwhelmed by the hard work shown by everyone involved.
“The amount raised is absolutely staggering.” ●● MORE than 9,000 East Cheshire Hospice supporters will learn what has been achieved at the hospice when they receive this year’s impact report.
The report offers a snapshot of care East Cheshire Hospice provides and includes updates on new services and patients’ testimonials.
Matron Emma Dixon said it is ‘inspiring’ and shows how people’s donations have helped to make every day count for patients and families.
“Last year was an exciting year because we celebrated our 25th anniversary,” she added.
“The report looks back at this and shares inspirational stories about the care provided.
“It was an exceptional year for us. We supported more patients and family members than ever before, and they accessed a wide range of services such as symptom management, complementary therapies, art therapy and Living Well programmes.”
To receive a copy of the impact report, visit www.eastcheshire hospice.org.uk/impact or call 01625 610364.
●● From left, patient Sarah Shackleton-Lamptey and art therapist Fay Mitchell at the Sunflower Centre, run by East Cheshire Hospice
●● AstraZeneca staff Katie Leach, Greta Timms and Graeme Bristow, with Camilla Crockett, of East Cheshire Hospice, and AstraZeneca’s Annabelle Hendrick, who organised the sales