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Charity begins with hospices

6th November, 2014

A few months ago, when the Ice Watch cleaner retired, the staff agreed to do the cleaning themselves and to donate the cost they saved to their three chosen charities; St Elizabeth Hospice, East Anglian Children's Hospices in Ipswich and Cambridge and Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton London.

This week the first of three cheques for £500 was presented to Brian Taylor, the lead fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice. Matthew Neill, one of Ice Watch's sales executives, did the honours on behalf of the Company.

Commenting on the occasion, Paul Bowling the Chairman of Ice Watch said: “We all appreciate the wonderful work the hospices do for our communities. We are proud to provide our winter gritting services to them free of charge and to make donations whenever we can. These places depend on public support without which they would cease to exist and we are committed to helping them whenever we can.”

Staff at Ice Watch also run an internal Tuck Shop and profits from that are distributed to the hospices. Last year Laura Bowling, the Chairman's daughter, even ran a half marathon to raise funds for Richard House.

St Elizabeth Hospice

Founded in 1989, the hospice has this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Every year they help more than 2,000 people living with progressive illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease; as well as heart, lung and liver diseases. The palliative care that the hospice offers includes:

  • Ensuring that those patients with active, progressive and advanced illnesses have a good quality of life.
  • Providing patients with relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
  • Providing physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual support to patients.
  • Supporting patient's families, friends and carers.

East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH)

EACH helps to care for children and young people in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk who are suffering from life threatening conditions. This care can be focussed on the families own homes, in the community or at one of their three hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham. Some of the services they provide include:

  • Day care, either in the family home or at their hospices.
  • Overnight breaks in the hospice.
  • Support for family members, from young children through to grandparents.
  • Symptom management support and advice.
  • 24 hour emergency telephone support.
  • A range of therapies, including music, occupational, hydro and physio.
  • Specialist play sessions.
  • Spiritual care.

Richard House Children's Hospice

The staff at Richard House provide support to families of children and young adults between the ages of birth and 19 who are suffering from life-limiting, life-threatening and complex health conditions. The hospice helps families to create positive experiences that can be remembered into the future, ensuring that the children they help get the most out of their short lives.

You can find out more about the charities by visiting:

Matthew Neill presents 500 cheque to Brian Taylor of St Elizabeth Hospice

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