GENEROUS Beaverbrooks the Jewellers teams have raised over £2000 for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Learning and Development and Customer Services team at Beaverbrooks’ head office in St Annes, have donated the cash because of personal experiences at two departments in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Customer Service Representative Claire Hitchen wanted to help the haematology day unit because a family member was diagnosed with leukaemia.
She said: “Here at Beaverbrooks, we are lucky enough to each have £100 each year to donate to a charity of our choice.
As I was accompanying the member of my family in the day ward, I would often see the same people who were staying all day and wanted to help them have something to occupy themselves as it must seem like a really long time.
The girls in the team wanted to help the cause when I told them and together we have raised £1300”.
Customer Service Representative Gemma Simister has a family member who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Gemma ran a table top sale in the Beaverbrooks office and raised £400, which the company then doubled. Her donation will go to Blackpool Victoria’s Breast Care Unit.
She said: “It’s great that our company allows us to donate money to charity each year. It really gives the smaller charities a chance as we can pick any charity we like.
We have chosen Blue Skies again through personal circumstances and because of the great care our loved ones have received at the Vic.”
Interim Head of Fundraising, Ann Hedley, said: “The Trust touches the lives of so many people and we are so grateful when they remember us and also think of others.
“These are great examples of selfless people who want to improve the patient experience.
“Beaverbrooks staff are known for their kindness and charitable ethos and we are so glad to have them as part of our community.”