at the launch of its year long appeal. A bid by one of the UK's leading express parcel carriers to raise £75,000 for the CHASE hospice care for children has received a fantastic kick start to the tune of £17,000.
Staff, customers and suppliers donated the monies at Camberley-based City Link's annual conference after hearing about the wonderful work of CHASE caring for life limited children and their families.
City Link is set to hold a series of fundraising events involving its 8,000 employees over the next 12 months. Activities already in the pipeline include weekly dress-down days, a charity fun day in June and a Christmas ball.
They are also giving every member of staff the opportunity to make regular donations through their payroll.
Every penny raised by City Link will go to CHASE which provides a network of care and support in homes and local communities through their Community Care Team and at Christopher's hospice outside Guildford. The service is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for families with life limited children throughout Surrey, Sussex and South West London.
Stuart Godman, Director of Sales and Marketing at City Link, said he believed the £17,000 would prove to be the springboard to success.
He said: “The cash we have raised already has given us a fantastic kick start and really got the momentum going here at City Link.”
“The courage and bravery of children with life limiting conditions touches the hearts of every member of staff here and CHASE has an excellent reputation.”
“We want to do whatever we can to help give the children under CHASE's care the quality of life we believe every child deserves. We are delighted with the fantastic support we have already received, not just from our employees, but also our customers and suppliers who have warmly embraced the appeal. It is truly heart warming to see such generosity for such a worthwhile cause and I am sure we will have no problem reaching our £75,000 target and indeed probably exceeding it.”
He continued: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation and urge everyone to continue to dig deep into their pockets to help brighten up the lives of these children and young people.”
City Link's appeal comes as CHASE prepares to mark its 10th birthday next year. Since it first opened it has provided support to more than 700 families.
The cost of CHASE providing its vital service stands at £4 million this year. Just six per cent of this is funded by the government. CHASE totally relies on donations and fundraising events to generate the monies in order to enable them to provide this valuable service.
It costs £6 every minute to run the whole CHASE service. One home visit costs £185.
Respite care for a child and family is £500 per night. £12,000 supports a life limited child and their family for one year.