Each year the firm supports a nominated charity or local cause and encourages partners and staff to take part in fundraising activities. For 2021 our chosen Charities of the Year are St Michael’s Hospice and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
St Michael’s Hospice
St Michael’s Hospice provides high quality, responsive palliative care and bereavement support across Hastings and Rother, and work collaboratively with others to improve end of life care for all. Since they opened in 1987, the Hospice have cared for more than 12,500 people living with life-limiting illnesses. The cost of running the Hospice and providing the full range of services to patients is over £6 million a year. With around one third of this being provided by the NHS they need to raise the balance, circa £4.3million, over £12,000 per day, from voluntary sources.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice
St Wilfrid’s Hospice transform end of life care for the people of Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield and all the points in between. They serve a population of 235,000 people covering an area of around 300 square miles. Their expert teams work to help people to live well until the end of their lives and to support their family and friends. They provide care in their 20-bed Inpatient Unit, through their Wellbeing service and, increasingly, to families in their own homes.
Both charities rely on voluntary gifts to support their vital work and it is our mission at Gaby Hardwicke to try and raise much needed funds to help them along their way. Our employees will fundraise throughout the year by participating in a number of activities that will include marathons, half –marathons, quizzes, bake sales and more.
Previous Gaby Hardwicke Charities and local Causes of the Year have included The Sara Lee Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, the Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings branches of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and the Conquest Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal.
Gaby Hardwicke Foundation
Each year, the partners of Gaby Hardwicke donate part of their annual profits to the Gaby Hardwicke Foundation, a registered charity whose trustees use the funds to support and assist worthy local causes.
Some examples of recent beneficiaries of donations from the Gaby Hardwicke Foundation include:
- Northease Manor (Special School) for sports equipment.
- The local cardiac screening unit.
- A charitable project that works with local vulnerable residents.
- Castledown Primary School, Hastings, for equipment for their youth club.
- Embrace East Sussex to purchase equipment for children with special needs.
- Transport was provided for 24 local disabled athletes to the Special Olympics in Bath.
- 1st Sidley Brownies.
- Local carers and those who they care for were treated to cream teas.
In addition, donations have been made to individuals who have particular and often unique and challenging needs. By working with those individuals closely the foundation has provided funds or devices that have greatly enhanced both their day to day lives and those of their carers and families.
It is the policy of the trustees to direct the funds to deserving causes within our local area to fulfil a specific need for which assistance is not available from any other source.
There are no limits on the applications they will consider but their focus tends to be on children, the elderly and the disabled, nor are there are any formal requirements or application forms. Requests for assistance should be emailed to the trustees’ chairman, Peter Taylor, at email@example.com.
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