The Exeter office of PKF Francis Clark has raised £8797.92 for local adult hospice charity Hospiscare after it was named its charity of the year for 2017.
Hospiscare is an Exeter based local, independent charity which provides high quality care and support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness and those close to them living in Exeter, East and Mid Devon. The charity was formed in 1982 with two community nurses and the hospice was opened in 1992.
The charity’s expert team of doctors and nurses help patients from the day of diagnosis to the last days of life. They also employ a team of 48 specialist nurses who work in the community visiting people in their own homes, community hospitals, residential and nursing homes. The charity offers specialist advice and support every day of the year and a telephone advice line is open 24 hours a day. Last year the charity cared for 2,524 patients, their families and loved ones.
It costs the charity £6.4 million a year to provide such a wide variety of services, with £1.25m funded by the NHS and the rest by fundraising events, community and business support.
Staff at the Exeter accountants and business advisers had a busy year fund- raising for the charity. An intrepid team of seven completed the Three Peaks Challenge one of the most challenging mountaineering events in the UK, scaling Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike within 24 hours and raising over £2,000. The Exeter team also organised office dress down days each month, bake sales, Easter events and Christmas competitions to reach the final grand total.
Sean Grinsted, Partner at the Exeter offices said:
“Many thousands of people throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon depend on Hospiscare’s fantastic care and support. We were very proud to be able to support them as our charity of the year and through our fund- raising assist them in continuing to provide outstanding care for terminally ill patients and their families.”
Richard Cousins, Corporate Relationships Manager at Hospiscare said:
“I’d like to thank the staff at PKF Francis Clark for all their hard work over the last 12 months. As a local charity, corporate donations are really important to Hospiscare in enabling us to continue our work and make such a positive difference to patients who are living with a terminal illness and their families. I am very grateful to Sean and his team for all their support.”