This year we revisited four charities – Derian House Children’s Hospice, HoneyRose Foundation, The Hope Centre and the Bottomley Home Orphanage along with a new one for us, The Willowbrook Hospice. We were delighted to be able to give them all a donation to help them continue with their tremendous work helping people in the community.
We last visited Derian in 2014 and they continue to support so many families. In 2016 they were awarded Outstanding from the Quality Care commission. Judy from the fundraising team showed us around the newly revamped outdoor space and the new administration building which is due to open later this year and will offer a cafe and meeting facilities which local groups can hire. Our donation this year will be used to purchase new equipment.
The Honeyrose has moved offices and shop under one roof at Cotham Street St. Helens where a very dedicated team work to make memorable wishes happen for terminally ill adults. It was lovely to catch up with Chief Executive Lyn Duffy MBE and see the new premises especially the new function room with bar and disco which is available to hire for all occasions.
The Hope centre in St Helens continues to offer practical support, advice and training opportunities for the local community.
Willowbrook Hospice cares for and supports local families in St.Helens and Knowsley and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Alison and Wendy met with Nicky Saunders Head of Fundraising at the Living Well Centre, which in addition to housing fundraising and admin teams, has a shop and cafe open to the public. Later this year they hope to offer community wellbeing sessions at this venue too. Our donation will go towards new equipment for patients.
The Bottomley Home Orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has long been supported by Glassbond employee Alan Byrnes. The orphanage is home to 140 girls of various ages who would otherwise be living on the streets. Our donation this year will again be used to provide educational materials and clothing.