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

posted on February 3, 2014 categories In The Community

Workers, management and subcontractors at Cammell Laird have helped to raise £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 Helen Carlson 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.

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Laird workers and management have now donated tens of thousands pounds in their annual Christmas collection in the last seven years for local charities.

Cammell Laird spokesperson Joanne Bird said the company is passionate about supporting the two hospices.

“Staff at Cammell Laird have again this year been hugely generous,” she said. “The initiative which began seven 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 with the company generously matching the workforce collection. 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.

Zoe’s Place Background

Zoë’s Place is the only Baby Hospice in the UK. It provides 24 hour one-to-one respite and palliative nursing care for infants aged 0-5 with life threatening or life limiting conditions. The Hospice accommodates up to six infants at any one time, although it currently has 70 babies on its books in Liverpool.

The respite care provided at Zoë’s Place is open to babies from all over the country and has proved invaluable to many families’ over the 13 years of its existence. Zoë’s Place does receive a grant from the Department of Health, but the majority of its annual running costs of £1,300,000 are raised by fundraising and public donations. Visit www.zoes-place.org.uk.

Claire House Background

Claire House Children’s hospice based at Bebington provides specialist 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.

It supports more than 500 families from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man each year both at the Hospice and through our ‘hospice to home’ service. With no guaranteed Government funding Claire House relies on fundraising and voluntary donations to raise the £2.5 million a year it needs to remain operational. Visit: www.claire-house.org.uk.