Company sparks some festive cheer at hospices

Hospices in the region are benefiting from an annual festive donation.

Northern Powergrid has given a number of hospices a helping hand to increase their fundraising potential.

The electricity distribution company, which is responsible for the network which delivers power to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the region, has donated gifts of festive food and drink hampers, each worth £100, to 40 local hospices.

The hampers, which include items such sweets, treats and traditional festive goodies, are being used to generate more funds with the hospices offering them as prizes in their Christmas raffles.

Among those to receive a donation at St Oswald’s Children’s Service and Marie Curie Hospice, both based in Newcastle.

Northern Powergrid’s head of stakeholder and customer engagement, Siobhan Barton, said: “Over the years we’ve received positive feedback from the hospices we’ve supported across the north east, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

“Many of the hospices successfully use the hampers as part of their festive fundraising raffles which often attract vital support from local communities.

“Some have raised anything between £300 and £1,000 which is a great outcome from our initial donation.

“The thousands of pounds raised will contribute toward the vital work hospices do to support the local communities we jointly serve.”