The Fortec Distribution Network, made up of more than 65 licensees across the UK, has nominated the all-new Zoe’s Place baby hospice as its charity of the year.
The news comes from Neil Hodgson, Managing Director of Fortec, and follows a recent event ahead of the April opening of Zoe’s Place in Coventry.
This will be the third such facility in the UK for parents of babies and young children up to the age of five, with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.
During the event invited guests were shown how families in the Coventry area and further afield are set to benefit from the hospice. A short film explained how Zoe’s Place already benefits babies and young children at its other branches in Liverpool and Middlesbrough.
The guests also had the chance to meet with relatives of children cared for by Zoe’s, and heard how the staff and facilities had helped make a real difference to their lives, and those of their families.
Speaking at the event Neil Hodgson said: "Having learned more about the work of Zoe’s Place one cannot fail to be moved by the plight of these children under the care of the hospice.
"The tireless efforts of the staff, coupled with the facilities within the hospices in Liverpool and Middlesbrough, have been an invaluable resource to families and one can see there is a desperate need for such a superb facility within the Coventry area.
"Every year at Fortec ourselves and our licensees raise money for a chosen charity that touches our hearts. No-one comes into contact with Zoe’s Place can fail to be moved by stories such as the ones I have heard, both sad stories as well as heartwarming ones.
"Contrary to what one may think, Zoe’s Place is not full of doom and gloom, it provides a happy, stimulating environment for babies and children in need of palliative, respite and terminal care.
"Here at Fortec we are honoured to support them in continuing that work."