Our latest Charity of the Month is another example of the great work local charities do across Britain.
Living for every day
Ashgate Hospicecare provides care to people across North Derbyshire with any life-limiting illness, helping them live for every day. All their services are provided free of charge to patients and their families, mainly funded through the charity's 16 shops, as well as donations. Some of these donations come from our Chesterfield branch, which chose Ashgate Hospicecare as its Local Charity Partner.
Earlier this month, we caught up with Lucy Nickson, the hospice's CEO to discuss their work.
What do you love most about your work with Ashgate Hospicecare?
I'm actually a nurse by background, so the thing I love most about working here is the fact that I can see - every single day - the positive difference that the hospice makes to people's lives, when they need it most.
Even when facing the most challenging and upsetting of circumstances, I know that the people who need our care and support will get the very best of the people who work here. Everyone genuinely pulls together to do the best they possibly can for our patients and families and that's a real privilege to be part of and something I'm very proud of.
What are your hopes and goals for 2016?
To help as many people as we can who need our support. To be the best fundraising organisation we possibly can, so we can reach even more people who need us. To make sure we tell as many people as possible about our work and the difference that hospice care makes to people's lives.
Ultimately, everything that we do leads back to the problem that we need to solve. Too many people experience a bad death and we want to change that through exceptional care, though education and through great support to families and carers.
What's been your favourite fundraising event or activity?
I love Woofs and Welliesas I have a dog and love walking him. Fundraising should be fun; that's the bottom line!
What does local charity mean to you?
Hospices are all about serving and connecting with local communities. All hospices do a great job and provide vital services locally; however, hospices are also part of a national network and if you support one hospice and gain a better understanding of it, chances are you will improve your overall knowledge of and support for the hospice movement overall.
When any local hospice gets a chance to be supported by its local community, it has an opportunity to help educate people about what hospice care really is about. We love our community and we love the connection that we have with it as a local hospice - we are also fully behind the national hospice movement and proud to be a part of it.
Lynn Jones, a fundraiser at Ashgate Hospicecare, explains how TSB has helped the charity:
As community fundraiser, I've worked closely with the team at TSB Chesterfield, who have, and are doing various fun activities for Ashgate Hospicecare. We are always desperate for volunteers and members of the team at Chesterfield have volunteered in the fundraising office and other areas of the hospice.
The total amount raised since 2014 is £2,581.41 - enough to pay for 24 hours of specialist care at the hospice for five patients.