Insurance firm donates hospice cash

The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. (P542A339)
The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. (P542A339)
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An insurance company has donated more than £3,000 to Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice to pay for vital equipment.

Staff at Towergate Insurance have taken on a number of challenges from half-marathons to bike rides to raise £3,500 for the charity.

The firm, through its charitable foundation, has raised more than £2m for hospices across the country since it was set up in 2008.

Mark Hodges, Towergate Insurance chief executive, said: “I am incredibly proud of the fundraising efforts of our employees and customers.

“It’s an amazing achievement to have reached the £2m milestone.”

The money has been used to buy new equipment at the Halfpenny Lane hospice, including two new recliner chairs for patients.

Julie Ferry, clinical services manager at the hospice, said: “The grant has enabled us to purchase vital equipment.

“We are so grateful to Towergate for this support.”

Towergate Insurance teamed up with Help the Hospice’s project to raise money for facilities across the country in 2005.

For more information visit www.helpthehospices.org.uk