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Business picks us as charity for 2020

Staff at a Telford firm are gearing up for a series of fundraising events after choosing us as their charity for 2020.

In one of its’ first pledges, bosses at Dodd Group, the specialist mechanical and electrical contractor, has asked staff to take part in our weekly lottery – which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

And money raised will go towards a new children’s play area at our Shrewsbury site.

Mark Davies, Dodd Group regional director for Midlands projects, said: “We really believe in supporting the community. The hospice means so much to everyone and is clearly close to my colleagues’ hearts; I’m delighted we can do something to help it.”

Moving stories

The company’s regional fundraising committee chose us after reading moving stories from staff who had experience of our care.

One employee, whose mother came to us after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, said: “We were given six months. Severn Hospice immediately stepped up to the mark. We would not have coped without their support.”

Another, whose father died in 2002, said: “The care they gave my dad and the respect they showed him, I will always be so grateful. I will never forget how kind everyone was to my mum and myself at such a devastating time.”

Series of events planned

As well as joining our weekly lottery, fundraising events have already been planned throughout the year.

Emma Compton-Davies from the fundraising committee said: “We’ve started with cakes, cakes and more cakes.” The first cake day raised more than £360 and was followed by Cake Week.

She added: “Everyone’s really got behind the idea. So, we’re asking people to take part in sponsored events, join the lottery, volunteer and donate items to the hospice shops. We really want to make a difference. We know that everything that we contribute will ultimately be for the benefit of local families.”

To find out how you can support us email fundraising@severnhospice.org.uk and to take part in our lottery clink here or call 01952 221351.

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