Businesses from across the region have joined together to mark the official launch of this year’s East Lancashire Hospice Corporate Challenge.
This year has seen 26 companies sign up to raise as much money as possible to provide a range of services for patients with life-limiting illnesses in Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.
Representatives from each of the companies were invited to a breakfast launch and were the first to get a glimpse of the new destination café created at the Blackburn-based hospice.
Jennifer Quinn, Corporate Fundraiser at the Hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many companies have taken up the Challenge. We have great representation from all the areas that the hospice covers.
“The list of companies has everything from large manufacturers to sole traders to retail outlets to high street names.
“To have so many businesses so engaged with the hospice is wonderful and their support not only ensures our sustainability, it helps us to spread the word throughout our community about the special way of caring we provide.”
At the launch, each of the companies were given their £50 ‘seed money’, thanks to headline sponsor Organic Insurance. The companies were also offered a tour of the hospice.
For the last six months, work has been taking place at the Park Lee Road Hospice, transforming the space into a modern, welcoming space for visitors and patients.
The existing conservatory and canteen have been turned into a light and bright communal space, complete with coffee shop and restaurant.
East Lancashire Hospice has a 10-bed inpatient unit offering pain management and end-of-life care to people from Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley. The hospice also offers day-patient services including the popular Creative and Support Therapies (CaST) group, Hospice at Home service and complimentary therapies.
Last year’s corporate Challenge was won by Alan Price Automobile Services in Blackburn who raised an incredible £10,230.29 for the Hospice. They have joined in again this year, along with other businesses from across East Lancashire including Barclays Bank, Blackburn Yarn Dyers, Brick Technology, Celebrate Gifts, DW Fitness, Heritage Envelopes, Hugo’s, Janitorial UK, Keyfleet, Miller Metre, Napthens, Nybble, Organic Money, PM+M, R Briggs, Rob Stinson Building Contractors, Rue 5, Taylors Solicitors, The Buck Inn, The Crown Inn, The Park, Three Bears Yarn, Tyrrells and Embery, Wrapped UK and Zest Café Lounge.