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Having somewhere to turn to in times of difficulty is priceless. For people with life-limiting illnesses in our area, this exactly the kind of support that hospices provide.

From March to May 2017, we raised over £110,000 for nine local hospices as part of our Community Champions scheme, raising vital funds to support their work with people with life limiting illnesses. People are priority, and the money raised will help this work continue.

In May, we supported Dying Matters Awareness Week as a way of getting out in the community to spread to message about palliative care and end of life preparations, as it's often something that a lot of people don't know much about.  

From spending time on an art project, having complimentary therapy to ease pain or having a laugh at a time when they never thought they would, hospice care is all about helping patients live for each moment. Because each person, illness and situation is unique.

The charities we picked open their doors to people across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire who require palliative and end of life care. 

Here’s more about the activities that took place…

Colleagues across the business took part in a sponsored pedometer challenge, aiming to collectively walk 10,000 miles between Monday 1st to Sunday 21st May. Over 230 people got involved and added thousands to the total.

The quarter launched in March with a £7,000 donation thanks to generous travel customers, who donated £1 when they booked a trip with us.

It's a great way to do some good whilst treating themselves!

Colour runs were held by St Barnabas and Saint Catherine’s Hospice to raise even more money for their causes. Colleagues from different areas took part in St Barnabas Colour Dash, raising funds through sponsorship.

As well as taking part in the Colour Dash, some of our colleagues volunteered at the event, registering runners, handing out good bags and water. 

Butterfly Hospice in Boston benefitted from a spruce up when colleagues from our Boston branches picked up their paint brushes and redecorated a conference room.

We supported Dying Matters Awareness Week in May. Funeral colleagues got out and about in the community, answering people's questions and giving them friendly advice on end of life preparation.

We made a donation to those groups every time you shopped with us using your dividend card.

We also ran staff fundraising events and gave the proceeds from the carrier bag levy to these groups during March, April and May.

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