If you have been following our Christmas charity donations, you will know that instead of sending Christmas card and gifts to our clients, we decided to donate money to three very worthy charities. Support UK’s Managing Director, Martin Green, chose Keech Hospice Care as his charity to support.
On Thursday 14th March we had the pleasure of visiting Keech Hospice Care in Luton, to present the second of our Christmas charity cheques. We met with Keech’s Corporate Partnership Manager, Paul Scott, who made us feel incredibly welcome and gave us a complete tour of the fabulous facilities they offer. Keech provide support and care services for adults and children with terminal or life threating illness and despite the sad nature of the charity, we were blown away by the positive and happy environment that the staff create. Touring the hospice, we got to see the amazing children’s facilities, which help to bring some normality to the patient’s lives, as well as offering some distraction from the treatment they are undergoing. On top of the day to day care that you’d expect from a hospice, they also provide a range of complimentary therapies, art therapy and music therapy. They have an outstanding swimming pool area and have a 100% success rate of getting their patients into the water, whether it’s by hoist or ramps into the water. The hospice has an incredibly calm atmosphere, which is complimented by the well thought out gardens, designed by Alan Titchmarsh. The hospice costs around £16,000 a day to run, so the fundraising teams are constantly looking for innovative ways to raise vital funds. Recently, Keech have started to hire out their conference room for business use and hire the swimming pool at specific times for swimming lessons.
Paul said “we don’t have many companies that call us, out of the blue, and offer to give us money. Whether it’s a few pounds or several thousand, we are grateful to every donor”.
If you would like to learn more about Keech’s invaluable work or would like to pledge some money, please visit www.keech.org.uk.