A group of staff and apprentices from a Southwest based engineering company have been helping a Gloucestershire hospice in their bid to become more sustainable.
Across two days, a 30-strong team from NG Bailey Engineering and Services Business gave up their time to replace 75 traditional light bulbs across Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, just outside Cheltenham, with LED bulbs.
The swap resulted in a saving of 3.3killowatts of energy per hour and a 70 and 80 percent reduction in the money spent on electricity by the charity.
Rob Winnett-Saunders is Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospices’ Head of Operations and leads the Sustainability group based there: “Our Sustainability Group was keen to consider how we could reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions by replacing traditional light bulbs currently in place across the hospice with LED bulbs.
“That’s when the expert team at NG Bailey stepped in – donating the bulbs and their time – to help us to make significant energy savings so that we can put more money into providing expert and compassionate care to families across the county.”
The engineering firm were inspired to support Sue Ryder as part of a series of activities to remember two staff members who sadly died from cancer last year. As part of their pledge to help, the volunteers also carried out some painting, as well as some work to the hospice gardens.
Simon Hayes, Senior Project Manager from NG Bailey, said: “We sadly lost two valued staff members to cancer last year. Our senior contract manager, Bob, worked for the company for more than 40 years and received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. He was very well respected and loved by many across the region and had been an advocate and mentor for the apprenticeship programme.
“We were keen to give something back to the charity in their memory and we are delighted that by lending our support, we have also been able to help with hospices’ plans for a more sustainable future.”
The hospices’ sustainability group made up of staff and volunteers, has taken on a number of further projects to help reduce the carbon emissions associated with the hospice and promote sustainability.
This includes increasing the number of recycling bins, alongside implementing a range of new bins covering a greater range of materials. They have introduced a new kitchen garden to help reduce the hospices’ food miles as well as an optional ‘meat free’ Monday to the menu for patients and staff.
“The support of corporates like NG Bailey is invaluable and helps us to continue to be there for families when it matters. We would like to say a huge thank you to the team there for all their support,” Rob added.
Find out more about Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at sueryder.org/
About Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice:
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is the only palliative care inpatient unit in Gloucestershire and provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families.
Our 16-bed hospice is surrounded by beautiful, tranquil countryside which complements the specialist care and support we give to those with life-limiting conditions and their families.
In addition to our inpatient unit, our Hospice at Home service provides care for people in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester who prefer to receive palliative care at home.
We also have a Community Hub Service which helps people living with long term conditions through therapies, social groups and more, plus volunteer befrienders who offer companionship, help with small practical tasks to patients and respite to their families.
Our expert team of doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and family support team work seamlessly together to support people through the most difficult times of their lives.
Whether somebody is dealing with a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one, we’re there when it matters. Sue Ryder staff and volunteers provide people with the compassion and expert care they need, to help them live the best life they can.