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Toyota equipment supports volunteers to increase fundraising

Toyota Material Handling UK has donated a BT Staxio powered stacker to Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices for life-limited children and young adults. The hospice provides care to young people and their families in communities across central southern England.

One of the charity’s main sources of fundraising is retail outlets, with the number of outlets increasing year on year. To support this expansion the charity recently moved to a larger warehouse, enabling the organisation to hold more stock, but this has added pressure to their retail team, many of whom are volunteers. The truck donated by Toyota will considerably reduce the amount of manual handling within the warehouse team and create a safer and more efficient warehouse.

The charity has two specialist units: Naomi House cares for children up to the age of 16, and Jacksplace offers care for young people aged 16 or over. Each unit is purpose-built and offers an appropriate, engaging environment for each age group. The charity needs to raise £7 million a year to run a full service and deliver its plans. Less than 10% of income comes from statutory sources; the remaining amount is raised and donated by individuals, groups and businesses.

The truck donation has meant that the money saved can be used to care for some of England’s most seriously ill children and their families.

Trevor Fryer, local sales representative explains why the truck was donated, "I first met the charity to advise which warehouse equipment would best suit their operation and provided a quote. However I soon became aware of the hard work and dedication from all the team at the Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices and wanted to help with their fundraising activities."

Fryer continues "At Toyota we are aware of the difference that efficient material handling equipment can make to a warehouse operation and we wanted to make sure that Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices warehouse operation was the most cost-saving, timesaving and safest it could be. We believe that this has been achieved by the powerful, but safe and easy-to-use, BT Staxio powered stacker catering to all their material handling needs."

Mark Smith, Deputy Chief Executive at Naomi House and Jacksplace explains the importance of the donation. "We are delighted to take delivery of a truck, donated by Toyota, to help improve safety and efficiency in our increasingly busy warehouse. Rapid expansion of our network of shops has boosted our efforts to raise money. However, with more shops in need of stock and more goods being donated, Toyota’s generous gift could not have come at a better time. We are extremely grateful to the team at Toyota for the support they have shown to Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices."

For more information about Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, please visit their website at www.naomihouse.org.uk

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