Getting it 'together' for hospices.

SGBD helps hospices build at a discount

Published:  04 December, 2009

COVENTRY: Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland companies will be building more for less with its discount scheme for hospices.

The partnership between the 'together' charity programme involving all Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland companies, and the hospice movement's national charity Help the Hospices will offer discounts on building materials to the group's hospice partners. It will now also be extended to cover contractors and sub-contractors undertaking renovation, maintenance and building work at hospices throughout the UK.

All tradespeople contracted to carry out work on behalf of individual hospices, as well as hospice volunteers and employees will have access to special hospice discounts on the 400 000 products available through the SGBD network in the UK, which includes Jewson and Graham.

The decision to implement this scheme supports the SGBD's overall objective of helping hospices by providing value through direct access to a breadth of products and services required for the renovation, building or maintenance of hospices, in addition to raising funds for local hospices.

Paul Edwards, Jewson's director of sales for branches and regional sales centres, said: "The sheer scale of our network enables local hospices to benefit on a number of levels.

"Not only can the 11,000 members of staff throughout our UK branch network continue to raise money for their local hospices through a series of fundraising events and activities, they can also use their expertise to support the renovation, maintenance and extension of hospice buildings.

"The discount scheme represents another element of the partnership, which will result in a reduction in building material costs and allow the savings to be invested into frontline care."

SGBD's partnership with Help the Hospices launched across the UK and Ireland in July 2009 and has seen 168 local hospices partner with over 750 Jewson and Graham branches nationwide.

The partnership got off to a great start with employees raising money through a variety of means such as dressing in the colour of the hospice movement's emblem, dozens of raffles and even sitting in baths of custard.

Set up by SGBD in 2002, the 'together' initiative has already raised £1.6m for worthwhile causes, including the British Heart Foundation, Great Ormond Street and Cancer Research UK.

Besides Jewson, the 'together' partnership is made up of Graham, Minster, Ashworth and Frazer.

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