St Catherine’s Hospice hosted their annual business breakfast on Tuesday, giving local business supporters and businesses interested in finding out more about supporting their local hospice the chance to come together and network.
Sponsored by employee benefit specialists, Unum, the breakfast was hosted at the Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa Hotel and treated guests to interactive networking activities, and exclusive hospice updates.
The breakfast also included speeches from Giles Tomsett, Chief Executive at St Catherine’s, Patricia Brayden, Medical Director at St Catherine’s and inspiring guest speaker and hospice supporter, Patrick McIntosh. In a moving and honest presentation, three time cancer survivor, Patrick, shared his personal battle with bowel, skin and prostate cancer and described how he walked 222km to the South Pole whilst recovering from the illness to raise awareness and funds for charity.
Additionally, Dr Christopher Schenk, Chief Medical Officer at Unum UK, shared with other businesses how Unum have raised over £23,000 for St Catherine’s after nominating them as their chosen charity of the year. He explained how various fundraising events including; cake sales, Christmas Jumper days and entering a team as part of St Catherine’s annual Dragon Boat Festival helped them raise the impressive amount.
Laura Kelly, Corporate New Business Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said: “It was great so many local businesses came along to enjoy breakfast with us and it was a lovely chance to publicly thank them for their support, celebrate their achievements and share how they can continue to help St Catherine’s in future. With less than a third of our funding coming from the NHS, we’re really grateful for the generous support from businesses locally. Their support enables us to continue to provide our specialised end of life care and we hope people found the breakfast useful.”
To find out more about how St Catherine’s can work with your business please contact Laura Kelly, Corporate Fundraiser on 01293 447365.