Lead­ing York­shire hospice sets up busi­ness club.

St Leonard’s aims to at­tract at least 30 firms to ven­ture

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / COMMERCIAL PROPERTY - Greg Wright DEPUTY BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR @greg­wrightyp

A BUSI­NESS club has been es­tab­lished by a York­shire hospice to help it in­crease the ser­vices it of­fers to peo­ple with life lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

St Leonard’s Hospice in York hopes to at­tract at least 30 firms to its new busi­ness club over the next year. The hospice is an in­de­pen­dent char­ity which pro­vides spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care and sup­port for lo­cal peo­ple.

Apart from a team of doc­tors and nurses, the hospice has spe­cial­ists in a wide range of roles in­clud­ing com­ple­men­tary ther­apy, lym­phoedema care, phys­io­ther­apy, so­cial work, be­reave­ment, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and spir­i­tual care.

The char­ity re­lies heav­ily on the pub­lic to raise just over £5.2m each year to run St Leonard’s Hospice. This cost equates to £595 for ev­ery hour of ev­ery day.

Although St Leonard’s re­ceives some pub­lic fund­ing the ma­jor­ity of the run­ning costs have to be raised from do­na­tions and fundrais­ing by the lo­cal com­mu­nity – busi­nesses, groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

Lega­cies are by far the great­est source of in­come.

An­nie Keogh, the hospice’s cor­po­rate, grants and trusts fundraiser, said the hospice would like to en­gage with the busi­ness com­mu­nity in its catch­ment area, which in­cludes York, Eas­ing­wold, Selby, Tad­caster, Pock­ling­ton, Pick­er­ing, Helm­s­ley and Kir­by­moor­side.

Ms Keogh added: “I hope the busi­ness club is where like-minded busi­nesses can meet. As well as be­ing a char­ity we are a busi­ness, and we want to make our busi­nesses suc­cess­ful too.

“To­day, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is no longer just a nice thing to have, it has be­come a ‘must do’, It demon­strates that you are trust­wor­thy, eth­i­cal and en­gaged with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Ms Keogh said that younger em­ploy­ees were at­tracted to firms who were com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing good causes.

She added: “It can also give you the com­pet­i­tive edge. It may help you at­tract top tal­ent. It can also be a way of in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing ex­ist­ing staff.

“I am al­ways happy to show peo­ple around the hospice so that they can see where their money goes and the di­rect pa­tient care it sup­ports. By com­mit­ting to the busi­ness club for three years it will help us plan for the fu­ture, as it is a guar­an­teed in­come stream and part of our reg­u­lar giv­ing strat­egy.

“I like to feel that it is feel­good net­work­ing.”

Mem­bers of the busi­ness club will be in­vited to quar­terly net­work­ing meet­ings. At least one of th­ese meet­ings will be held at the hospice.

Mem­bers of the busi­ness club will be in­vited to host a net­work­ing meet­ing at their premises. They will also re­ceive a quar­terly news­let­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ms Keogh on 01904 777767 or email an­nie.keogh@stleonard­shos­pice.nhs.uk.


A HELP­ING HAND:St Leonard’s re­lies heav­ily on the pub­lic to raise just over £5.2m each year.

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