ABP Humber announces two Charities of the Year for 2017

February 14, 2017

Two local hospices located on the North and South bank of the Humber who offer support and respite for people with life limiting illnesses have been announced as the charities of the year for ABP Humber.

St Andrew’s Hospice cares for both adults and children with life-limiting illnesses under one roof in Peaks Lane, Grimsby.
Adult patients are aged 18 and over, and come mainly from North East Lincolnshire for overnight stays or respite. There is also a comprehensive wellbeing programme for people to participate in, such as creative writing, cooking and gardening.

Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, so many families travel to use its services. From babies and toddlers to teenagers and young people, it’s a home from home for not only themselves but also their family, friends and sometimes pets too.

About 120 members of staff provide that care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and more than 470 volunteers support all aspects of the hospice.

Considering the £4.1m running costs of the hospice, ZaZa Warren, Events Manager and Fundraising Team Leader for St Andrew’s Hospice, said, “We receive minimal funding from the NHS so the majority of our services are paid for through fundraising and donations. We are so pleased to have been chosen by ABP as one of their charities of the year and look forward to forming a lasting working relationship together to raise vital funds for St Andrew’s.”

In order to support a charity on the North Bank of the Humber, ABP have also chosen to support Dove House Hospice in Hull who specialise in palliative care for patients over the age of 18 who have an illness which can no longer be cured.

Similarly, Dove House Hospice is maintained by funds raised in the local community and as such, there are no charges for any services offered by the charities.

Both hospices aim to create a ‘home from home’ for their patients with support delivered by a cadre of multi-skilled professionals.
Jethro Shearring, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Dove House Hospice said, “We’re extremely thankful to ABP for pledging their support to us this year. 2017 is already a special year for Dove House Hospice as it celebrates 25 years since the official opening Chamberlain Road in Hull by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales so we hope that ABP can make it even more special with dedicated fundraising.”

Dove House Hospice, who cared for over 1,000 patients during 2015/16 and have an annual running cost of £6.7m aims to offer practical, emotional, social and spiritual care to their patients, ensuring that every one in their care has a place to turn to where their individual needs are always considered.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber said, “We are looking forward to fundraising for two incredibly worthy charities. Having spoken to colleagues on the Humber, it soon became apparent that many people have either been involved with or been helped by one of these local hospices and we can’t wait to give something back to them.”

The ABP Social Team will be liaising with both charities to arrange and facilitate fundraising events as well as supporting existing events which will be directly led by each charity.