Doing good works: Peter Hindle and Maxine Trotter.

Jewson pledges to support hospices across the UK

Published:  13 July, 2009

COVENTRY: Jewson, as part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution's charity programme, Together, has launched its nationwide partnership with Help the Hospices, with the aim of supporting local hospice care throughout the UK.

Senior figures visited a newly constructed hospice to mark the start of the nationwide 'Together' charity campaign involving all Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SGBD) UK & Ireland companies.

Peter Hindle MBE, chief executive of SGBD UK & Ireland and managing director of Jewson, presented Maxine Trotter, director of Fundraising at Help the Hospices, with a bunch of sunflowers, the symbol of the hospice movement.

He was joined by members of the head office team who were celebrating the start of this fundraising partnership with a 'Go Yellow' week of activities. The gesture symbolised the firm commitment between the two organisations to work together over the coming year in support of hospice care.

The pair then visited a hospice facility within the grounds of Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.

"With the technical skills we can offer across the SGBD group, and our collective contacts with suppliers and customers, there are excellent opportunities to apply this expertise to support hospice renovation, refurbishment and construction projects so that more hospices can enjoy the type of sustainable future this new facility provides," Mr Hindle stated.

The 'Together' charity campaign launches across the UK and Ireland from July and involves branches being twinned with their own local hospice.

Funds raised by the branch, and offers of volunteer help, will go directly towards providing local care and support for patients with terminal or life limiting illnesses and their families and friends.

Set up by SGBD in 2002, the 'Together' initiative has already raised £1.6m for a number of causes and was recognised for its success with an MBE for founder Peter Hindle in the 2009 New Year's Honours List (see People).

This new charity partnership is the first time all SGBD companies are joining with Jewson and Graham to support the 'Together' campaign.

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