Jackson-Stops & Staff raise £9,000 for hospice
Described by the Hospice as “KIND-hearted estate agents” to mark our centenary last year we donated a proportion of our commission to St Nicholas Hospice Care a local charity offering long term care to the community and have raised enough money to keep the charity running for about a day.
Both the Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket branches of Jackson-Stops and Staff pledged to raise funds for the Hospice during 2010 and we were delighted with the result.
Ollie Peacock, partner at the Bury office, said: “ We wanted to mark our centenary by doing something for the community. We chose St Nicholas Hospice Care because it is a good cause which is very close to our hearts.”
Jock Lloyd-Jones, Newmarket partner, said their clients’ response to the initiative was very positive.
“It struck a chord with people who have had a connection to the Hospice or some personal experience of it,” he said.
“I thought if we could raise enough money to keep the Hospice going for one day that would be a great achievement and that’s practically what we’ve done.”
Ollie added that he hoped their efforts would serve as an inspiration to other firms.
“There are so many businesses in this area. We’re only one and look what we have managed to raise. I hope it will give other businesses encouragement,” he said.
“Businesses do have a responsibility to the community they operate in. Our income is local and our entire client base is local, so putting something back and helping the Hospice is very important to us.”
Hospice Corporate Fundraiser Abby Hunt said she hoped other businesses would follow the lead set by Jackson-Stops and Staff.
“They have managed to raise an impressive £9,000, for which we are very grateful,” she said. “This is a great example of a business supporting its community and I hope other firms will get on board.”