Clock in… Hospice campaign will turn entire town into ‘volunteers’ for a day

  Ever wished you could volunteer for a good cause, but found that work gets in the way? Rotherham Hospice is giving every employee in town the opportunity to put in a few hours – or even a whole day – without having to step away from their desk or factory floor. It is calling […]

 

Ever wished you could volunteer for a good cause, but found that work gets in the way?
Rotherham Hospice is giving every employee in town the opportunity to put in a few hours – or even a whole day – without having to step away from their desk or factory floor.
It is calling on every company in Rotherham to Clock In For The Hospice on September 9, its 20th anniversary.
Staff can work in the virtual sense for the hospice – by donating a portion of that day’s wages.
“This is our biggest ever campaign and will be a massive fundraiser for us,” said hospice chief executive Christopher Duff. “We aim to raise £100,000 to help fund the work of the hospice and in particular our patient and family support services, which provide bereavement and carer support and counselling.
“Demand for these services is growing hugely, but this year, provision will cost £125K and we don’t have other funding to support it.”
Added Christopher: “Payroll giving is a brilliantly simple idea. People don’t have to down tools and walk through our doors to be able to join our volunteers. All they have to do is donate some of their net September 9 earnings. Their employers give us the amount that would have been paid in tax and National Insurance.”
Inspiration for the Clock In For The Hospice campaign comes from a March fundraiser which saw two Rotherham businesses raise a colossal £28,378 in just one day.
A total of 102 workers across Horbury Group, JB Doors at Parkgate and its sister companies Alluguard and the Olive Tree restaurant, gave up a minimum of two hours and a maximum of a full day of pay during their Virtual Day Of Working.
Bosses were so impressed they made huge donations too.
Darren Baker, MD of JB Doors, was so touched that all 30 staff across his companies gave up at least two hours of pay, he gave a further £2,500. He said. “I hope every company in Rotherham signs up to this. Every single one of us might need the hospice one day.”
Trevor Wragg, founder and MD of South Grove-based Horbury Group, construction industry interiors specialists, gave a day of his pay and doubled the £9,100 raised by his staff. Company chairman David Williams, a hospice volunteer for several years, donated a further £5,000, bringing Horbury’s total to a staggering £23,378.12.
“Our commercial manager Alex Fletcher came up with the idea. We have supported charities for 23 years and this was the easiest fundraiser we have ever staged,” he said. “All we had to do was wield a pen.”
Horbury Group employee Alex, a married father of two who gave up half a day of pay, said: “I would never have donated the same amount for a charity collection or a sponsored event. But I knew it would be coming out of my salary, made allowances and my family didn’t suffer at all. I’m proud to have come up with the idea.”
Businesses are asked to contact Sharon.thompson@rotherhamhospice.org.uk (or call Sharon on 07794 044819) to get involved.

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