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Cooperation between St Clare Hospice and Takeley builder wins award

St Clare Hospice's partnership with Takeley developer Weston Homes clinched the prestigious Charity Times' Corporate Community Local Involvement award.

After the result was announced on Thursday (September 3) the Hastingwood centre's chief executive Sarah Thompson said: "We're over the moon to win this award, recognising the strength in our partnership with Weston Homes. It's fitting that as we celebrate our 30th year, we are able to share our celebrations with the company which has supported us for almost as long as we've been delivering expert, compassionate palliative care in West Essex and East Herts."

Each year, the hospice needs to raise around 60% of its annual running costs, which totalled £4.8m last year, from donations; the rest is funded by the NHS.

Weston Homes chairman and CEO Bob Weston. (42083916)
Weston Homes chairman and CEO Bob Weston. (42083916)

Sarah added: "I'm so proud of the partnerships we have developed with local organisations and businesses, bringing in around £300,000 each year to help fund our vital services. It brings me great pleasure to see one of our longest-running partnerships, with Weston Homes, being recognised in this way; without them, we would not be where we are today."

Weston Homes has been supporting St Clare Hospice since 1994; over the last three decades, the company has raised over £2m.

Bob Weston, chairman and managing director of Weston Homes said: "Given the pandemic, this has been one of the most challenging years that the charity has faced - yet the team have worked so hard and risen to the challenges and winning this award is a fitting reward. "Weston Homes has supported the hospice for three decades with donations and getting our staff involved in St Clare fundraisers. Weston Homes is honoured to be involved with such a worthwhile and caring charity."

For more information on how organisations can partner with St Clare Hospice, contact Amy Winehouse, corporate partnerships manager, on 01279 773758 or email amy.winehouse@stclarehospice.org.uk

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