Hospices chosen as Chamber charities

St Leonard’s Hospice in York and St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough have been chosen as Chamber charities by York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

The independent charities, chosen by Chamber president Ed Everard, a consultant for Saville Audio Visual, provide specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses.

Between them, the Hospices provide a wide range of services including day care, in-patient and Hospice@home, across a huge area, and both rely on voluntary donations to support their combined running costs of over £10 million each year.

Ed Everard said: “I’m delighted to support both these charities during my presidency. I hope Chamber members and staff will get behind these amazing causes particularly at our largest event of the year, the Chamber Annual Dinner, on 10th March when we’ll be running a charity prize draw.”

He added: “I have first-hand knowledge and experience of what a truly fantastic job they do. This is not just with their patients but also the sensitive and caring support they give to families and loved ones.”

Annie Keogh, Corporate Fundraiser from St Leonard’s Hospice said: “We’re delighted that the Chamber has chosen to support us in this way. The essential work carried out here at St Leonard’s is only possible due to the generous support of individuals and businesses, and we look forward to meeting and working with Chamber members.”

Tracy Calcraft, Fundraising and Marketing Director from St Catherine’s added: Our fundraiser, Penny Campbell, is very much looking forward to a new alliance with the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  For over 30 years the work of St Catherine’s Hospice has been possible due to the support from our loyal partnerships and we are very grateful the Chamber has chosen to support us in our vital role of caring for and supporting the local community.”

York & North Yorkshire Chamber is part of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Picture shows: L-R Ed Everard, Chamber President with Martyn Callaghan, chief executive of St Leonard’s Hospice. Picture by Ravage Productions