Essex hospice wins Charity Times award for partnership working

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St Clare Hospice in Essex has won a Charity Times award for its collaborative working with  property developers West Homes.

The awards celebrate best practice in the charity sector, and the winners were announced during a virtual event organised by the Charity Times.

St Clare won the joint award in the Corporate Community Local Involvement category. When announcing the award, the judges’ said it reflected the ‘outstanding partnership which has brought successful results over the long term, with clear and impressive impact on the local community.’

Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive at St Clare, said: “We’re over the moon to win this award, recognising the strength in our partnership with Weston Homes. It’s fitting that as we celebrate our 30th year, we are able to share our celebrations with the company which has supported us for almost as long as we’ve been delivering expert, compassionate palliative care in West Essex and East Herts.”

Weston Homes has been supporting the hospice since 1994, and has raised over £2m for the charity since. Their support isn’t purely financial however, as the company helps the hospice through volunteering, by hosting its Spring Ball and joining its business ambassador program.

Bob Weston, Chairman & Managing Director of Weston Homes said: “We are delighted that St Clare Hospice has won, in association with Weston Homes, the Charity Times award for Corporate Community Local Involvement. St Clare Hospice is one of Weston Homes’ main charity partners and provides outstanding expert and compassionate care, both at the hospice and within the local community.

“Given the pandemic, this has been one of the most challenging years that the charity has faced – yet the team have worked so hard and risen to the challenges and winning this award is a fitting reward. Weston Homes has supported the hospice for three decades with donations and getting our staff involved in St Clare fundraisers. Weston Homes is honoured to be involved with such a worthwhile and caring charity.”

The hospice has corporate partnerships with a wide of organisations, from sole-traders and SMEs to national companies. Every partnership is unique as the hospice works with each partner to help identify and develop the type of partnership that is right for the individual business. An engagement partnership with St Clare Hospice can motivate and mobilise employees to make a difference while meeting key business and sustainability objectives.

Sarah added: “I’m so proud of the partnerships we have developed with local organisations and businesses, bringing in around £300,000 each year to help fund our vital services. It brings me great pleasure to see one of our longest-running partnerships, with Weston Homes, being recognised in this way; without them we would not be where we are today.”

For more information visit St Clare Hospice

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