Timber merchant donates part of profits to hospices

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TWO hospices have benefited from a timber and building firm’s fundraising appeal.

Covers, which has branches in Norway Road, Portsmouth and Gunners Way, Gosport, has raised more than £5,000.

Purbrook-based The Rowans Hospice has received £4,800 from the company and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel has received £500.

Covers chairman Rupert Green said he was delighted the firm had been able to help.

He said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to present The Rowans Hospice and Chestnut Tree House with our donations.

‘The hospices have such a positive impact on the community.

‘We hope our donations will help to continue the amazing work that they provide.’

The company donated £5 for every purchase of £60 or more over a six-day period for the appeal.

Mr Green said helping community groups and organisations was part of the company’s ethos.

He said: ‘Covers is always keen to be involved with the local community.

‘We have a number of staff who have had either friends or relatives taken care of at the hospices involved.

‘We all felt that it was important to give back to these worthy causes who have done so much to help our local communities.’

The cheques were presented to Lesley Clayton from The Rowans Hospice and Alison Taylor from Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults with progressive, life-­limiting conditions.

It costs more than £3m each year to provide care services to their patients.

The hospice offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life, short-break care and sibling support.

The Rowans Hospice provides end-of-life care to patients needs to raise £11,000 per day to provide their essential services.

The Rowans aims to support the needs of patients and families across Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire.