Staff from Portsmouth recruitment group Hays have launched a two-year fundraising challenge for children’s hospices across the country.
Their aim is to raise enough funds between 2015-2017 to provide more than 6,000 hours of care for children and young adults with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
Hays will be working in partnership with Together for Short Lives, which specialises in children’s palliative care and raises money for hospices across the UK.
Steve Orr, regional managing director at Hays, said: ‘We are excited to be launching our partnership with Together for Short Lives and look forward to seeing our staff take part in a variety of fundraising activities.’
Hays staff chose the charity themselves, and will carry out sponsored cycle rides, bake sales and family activity days.
Director of fundraising at Together for Short Lives, Stephen Ballantyne, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that Hays are supporting Together for Short Lives.
‘Their support will help us raise much- needed funds for thousands of seriously ill children and their families who rely on the support of their local children’s hospice.’
The chosen hospices are Naomi House and Jacksplace whose services cater for families across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Berkshire, Dorset, Surrey and Wiltshire.
Naomi House helps care for children, often giving struggling families the chance of a break for up to 16 nights each year.
Jacksplace looks after children from the age of 16 and above, offering them the opportunity of independence, staying away from home and taking part in social events with the other guests.
Their services are available to families in need free of charge 24/7, 365 days a year, offering respite and emergency care.
Paul Morgan, head of fundraising for Naomi House and Jacksplace, said: ‘We are thrilled that Hays will be raising money for children’s hospices over the next two years.
‘Their support will help us provide vital care for those children with life-limiting conditions.’