Hospices all over Cumbria have received donations of more than £55,000 combined from The Cumberland Building Society.
The Cumberland and its savers have come to the aid of local hospices hit by lockdown restrictions, due to being unable to raise funds during the COVID-19 crisis.
Donations of more than £18,500 each were handed over to Eden Valley Hospice, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
The money comes thanks to generous Cumberland savers who hold Hospice Affinity Accounts with the building society.
Each year The Cumberland donates an amount equivalent to one per cent of the average total balances of all the accounts, to the three hospices to help them with their work looking after people with terminal and life limiting illnesses.
“We are so thankful to receive such an amazing amount from The Cumberland and their savers,” said Hayley McKay, Head of Income Generation at Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
“At a time when our charity shops have had to close and our fundraising events have had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, this donation will make a huge difference in ensuring our nurses and support teams can continue to care for patients and their loved ones at some of the most difficult times in their lives.”
Fiona Stobart, Chief Executive Officer at Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, said: “I would like to say a huge and sincere thanks to The Cumberland for the large donation of £18,569 from the affinity account.
“This is greatly appreciated especially at this challenging time for the charity when it is not able to hold events.
“This will indeed go towards maintaining the clinical team who are working with patients, their relatives and carers on a daily basis providing palliative and end of life care.”
Stephanie Lacaille-Burton, Head of Marketing and Income Generation at Eden Valley Hospice, said: “The support from both local savers and The Cumberland is amazing and we’re so grateful for this kind donation.
“It means we can provide care for more local people in our area with both cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses, whilst at the same time supporting those closest to them at the most difficult of times.
“As a charity, we’re continually overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the local community in support of their hospice – thank you!”
Des Moore, Chief Executive at The Cumberland, said: “We’re delighted to support each of these hospices with this donation as they provide such an important service for many people in our local communities.
“This donation is particularly welcome, especially at a time when charities are having to work harder to raise vital funds.
“From the staff to the volunteers, the teams at each hospice make such a positive difference to the lives of local people and their families during their time of need.”