A South Tyneside hospice is celebrating a cash boost.
St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow has been nominated by staff at Newcastle Building Society’s Fowler Street branch in South Shields, to receive a £1,500 donation from its Community Fund.
The money will go towards meeting the independent charity’s regular running costs, so it can continue to provide specialist palliative in-patient care to about 165 people every year, as well as a range of day care services to a further 75.
The branch team has also adopted St Clare’s as its dedicated charity, and has raised about £4,000 through a range of events.
Sonia Graham, senior fundraiser at St Clare’s Hospice, said: “We need to raise about £1.4million a year to keep providing the services we offer, and the work of an army of local fundraisers is invaluable in enabling us to do this year after year.
“Our relationship with the local Newcastle Building Society team has been very rewarding for all of us.”
St Clare’s Hospice is one of 10 regional good causes to which donations have been made by the building society this year, after they were nominated by staff.
The initiative is the latest in a line of charitible measures that the society has provided to communities.
Ann Newham, manager at the South Shields branch, said: “As a mutual organisation, we’re keen to support the communities in which we work as much as we can, and the links we have built with St Clare’s are an ideal way for us to fulfil this objective.
“So many local families are touched by the care and compassion provided at St Clare’s at what are extremely difficult times in their lives.
“The response we’ve had from both staff and customers to our fundraising work reflects the value placed on everything the hospice team does.”