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Cammell Laird workers and management donate £12,000 to Children’s Hospices

posted on January 24, 2013 categories In The Community

Workers, management and subcontractors at Cammell Laird have helped to raise more than £12,000 for two local hospices in a Christmas charity appeal.

Cheques for £6,000 each were presented to Claire House Children’s Hospice fundraiser Stephanie Clark and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice fundraising manager, Carol Kirkham. The ceremony was led by members of the Cammell Laird workforce and representatives from subcontractors.

In total, the Cammell Laird workforce and subcontractors managed to collect over £7,000 during the Christmas period, which was made up to £12,000 by Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret on behalf of the company.

Workers have now raised several thousand pounds for local charities with the figure being matched by Cammell Laird management.

Cammell Laird spokesperson Joanne Bird said the whole company had thrown its weight behind the fundraising effort.

“Staff at Cammell Laird have this year raised more money than ever for the hospices,” she said. “The initiative which began six years ago has gone from strength to strength. It started with a group of shipwrights donating their lottery winnings and has escalated to the whole workforce and subcontractors raising funds. This year, over a short period of time, the team raised a bumper total demonstrating the generous side of Cammell Laird workers and sub contract personnel. Claire House and Zoe’s Place are two very important and worthwhile causes. The cash will go some way to funding the vital work they do.”

Zoe’s Place is the only Baby Hospice in the UK – it provides one-to-one respite and palliative nursing care for infants aged 0-5 years with life threatening or life limiting conditions.

Claire House provides specialist respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life threatening and life limiting conditions as well as support for the whole family via their hospice to home service.

Both charities need to raise £2.5m a year to survive.