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Children’s hospices share £15,000 donation from Cammell Laird

posted on January 29, 2015 categories Corporate News, In The Community

Cammell Laird’s employees and sub-contractors have again donated thousands of pounds to two north-west hospices which provide vital care for babies and children.

Every Christmas, Cammell Laird raises much-needed funds for Zoe’s Place baby hospice in Liverpool and Claire House children’s hospice on Wirral.

In the latest collection, employees and sub-contractors donated almost £7,500 which was then made up to £15,000 by the company.  Tens of thousands pounds have been raised for local charities in recent years through the annual Christmas collections.

Cammell Laird spokesperson Joanne Bird said: “Everyone was extremely generous again and the two charities really appreciate this support. The hospices provide a great service across the region, which is recognised by our donations. One of the hospice’s, Zoe’s Place, is marking its 20th anniversary this year, which is another great achievement.

“The fundraising at Cammell Laird began eight years ago with a group of shipwrights donating lottery winnings. It has expanded to include the whole workforce and subcontractors raising funds, which the company generously matches. The cash will go some way to funding the charities’ vital work.”

At a recent ceremony, Carol Kirkham, fundraising manager at Zoe’s Place, and Helen Carlson, from Claire House, were each presented with cheques for £7,500 by Cammell Laird employees and subcontractors’ representatives.

Mrs Kirkham said: “We are really grateful to everyone at Cammell Laird for their ongoing generosity The money may be used for a variety of things – for example, paying for cots, specialist equipment, the hydrotherapy pool or soft play toys.

“This is a special year for Zoe’s Place because it is our 20th anniversary. However we are not a rich charity and every penny is important. We do not charge families for services so have to meet the costs through other ways.

“Zoe’s Place became a Cammell Laird charity of the year in 2011 and has since received almost £30,000 in donations, which is phenomenal. This fantastic support means we can carry on providing our vital services to families.”

Helen Carlson, corporate development manager at Claire House, added: “Claire House is a local charity with a big heart.  Everyone is so proud of the team at Cammell Laird for once again going the extra mile and raising so much money for our children. The generosity will ensure Claire House can continue to put smiles on faces and to create treasured memories that will last a life time.  We are proud to call Cammell Laird a supporter and a friend. Thank you.”

Zoe’s Place is the only Baby Hospice in the UK – it provides one-to-one respite and palliative nursing care for infants aged up to five 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.

 PICTURE: Barry Taylor, left, Carol Kirkham of Zoe’s Place, Linton Roberts, Managing Director of Cammell Laird; Helen Carlson from Claire House, and Barry Wong, Joanne Bird and Kathy Kirkby, all from Cammell Laird.

 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.