Our first Big Charity Giveback was to St Leonard’s Hospice in York. St Leonard’s Hospice is in fact our sister event, York MakerFest’s, Charity of the Year.
St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. They have an in-patient unit, sunflower centre and a Hospice@Home service. In this relaxed and friendly environment, every patient is recognised and treated as an individual. With their support patients are able to enjoy the best quality of life, and their care also extends to support families and carers.
Now the majority of us are working from home, which is how the York Pi Jam and MakerFest team are working right now, it’s important to remember their team of highly experienced doctors and nurses, and their specialists can’t go to work and go in to support the people who need supporting.
Their care is free of charge to patients and their families, but it isn’t free to provide. They have to raise just over £5.8 million each year to ru St Leonard’s Hospice… that’s £663 for every hour of every day.
We wanted to treat our friends at St Leonard’s Hospice with just a small token of our appreciation, and hopefully the amazing team can enjoy their range of chocolates that we have sent as part of our Giveback – their work is hugely appreciated by the local community.
But how can you help?
Instead of sending them all chocolate (which although is very delicious, isn’t totally healthy) we want to raise awareness for the partnership York MakerFest has with St Leonard’s Hospice.
If we could all just donate £2-£5 to the ‘Emergency Fundraiser’ for them during this difficult time where fundraisers have had to be cancelled, it can make a massive difference and help raise those funds.
100% of the donations go to St Leonard’s Hospice, and if you are a UK taxpayer remember you can add Gift Aid, it doesn’t cost you but it can help raise that little bit extra.
Keep an eye out for the next blog post of the other charities who we are supporting.