CAROLINE Bone has been overwhelmed by the support from the community towards Overgate Hospice during the first five months in her new role.
But she is eager to keep the ball rolling and is looking for businesses to take on a corporate membership.
Caroline who lives in Hipperholme has been appointed as the corporate and marketing fund-raiser and said she would be delighted to speak to anybody who is interested in taking up the offer.
“I would love them to come up to the hospice and show them around,” she said. “A lot of people have a fear of the hospice but I want to try and get as many people up to come and see the building and see the hospice and give them food for thought. Hopefully they will want to support us.”
The corporate membership has been running for three years and there is currently more than 200 members throughout Calderdale including several from the Brighouse area.
The Elland hospice has to raise £5,000 a day for running costs and by becoming a member, businesses are asked to donate £10 a month.
“It is still a small percentage of the overall funding we generate but we are keen to spread the word because a lot of people don’t know we do the scheme and it maybe that companies are not aware of how much support we need,” said Caroline.
Brighouse businesses who are supporting the hospice by being corporate members include Daniel and Hirst, Northern Commercials, VS Cycles, Sleigh and Story and Rastrick High School.
New to the scheme is ROKT Climbing Gym. Caroline said although they were asked to donate £10 a month the climbing gym in Mill Royd Street had agreed to donate more.
“We do very well in terms of generating support and money but everything is getting more expensive,” she said.
The income needed for the hospice which was established in 1981 is also generated through the local shops, three of which are in Bethel Street, Brighouse, and from donations from individuals or groups.
“It is amazing just from talking to people how many have had a family member or friend that has been in the hospice. We are keen to make sure that we can continue providing the care to people in Calderdale. So if anybody is interested in the corporate membership just give me a ring or email me. I can arrange for them to come and visit the facilities and I am more than happy to go to the companies and give a presentation to them.
“We have over 400 registered volunteers and we have people that come along on the day for events. We are all involved because we care. It is a special place and its is like that because of the people that are there. They make it the place it is.”
Benefits of being a corporate member are priority notice for events, priority bookings for networking meetings, a quarterly newsletter, first-hand advice from the fund-raising team at Overgate, and the business will be included on the website.
Businesses will also receive a certificate.
There are also a number of other ways people can raise funds from dress down days to friends groups.
For more information about corporate membership or supporting the hospice contact Caroline on 01422 387121, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.overgatehospice.org.uk By Michaela Maunders.