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22 Feb 2018
Pictured: (L-R) Lynn Lewis, David Lewis, Business Development Manager at Stagecoach; Karen Coventry and Community Fundraising Manger at Helen and Douglas House; Lucy Walker.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire presented staff from Helen & Douglas House, with a cheque for £790.26, following fundraising initiatives carried out by head office staff and bus drivers.
Joining the cheque presentation was Lynn and David Lewis, whose son James passed away at the hospice in 2014, aged 27. James had been visiting the hospice for 15 years for respite care, before he died. His mum, Lynn, said: “It’s great to see a local business fundraising to secure the future of this well needed hospice; especially when it’s so reliant on donations.
“We can never repay the hospice for the love and kindness that they showed us and so many other families in Oxfordshire. We are so grateful to Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and all the supporters in the county, thank you,”
The money was raised following a range of festive initiatives including a Christmas jumper day, raffle and a driver dress up day. The donation was then matched by the company to make a total of almost £800.
Karen Coventry, Business Development Manager at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire said: “It’s great to be able to present the staff, and James’ parents, with this cheque today. We know that, now more than ever, the hospice needs support and we hope our donation helps secure the future of this much-needed service.
"It’s the third year that Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has supported the charity and our drivers and head office staff continue to engage and enjoy each fundraising activity we organise".
Lucy Walker, Community Fundraiser, Helen & Douglas House, says: “We are reliant on voluntary donations to run the hospice service. The support of companies such as Stagecoach in Oxfordshire is invaluable to us.”