Higgs announces hospice partnership

1st March 2009

A leading Black Country law firm is hoping to swell the coffers at the Mary Stevens Hospice by £10,000, after agreeing to raise money for the Stourbridge charity throughout the year.

Staff at Higgs & Sons, with offices in Stourbridge, Brierley Hill and Kingswinford, chose the hospice following 12 months of fundraising activities for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2008.

Louise Taylor, chairman of Higgs & Sons' charity committee said: "Mary Stevens Hospice is a local charity that does amazing work, relying heavily on fundraising and donations. I hope that we will be able to help them continue with this work as well as raise awareness as to the work that they do in our local community.

"Higgs & Sons will be able to offer Mary Stevens Hospice, not just our money from events we will be holding throughout the coming year, but also our time and effort helping with their initiatives."

Mary Stevens Hospice's fundraising development manager Janet Jones was delighted with the news, and expressed her excitement over the new charity partnership.

She said: "We are over the moon to have been chosen as Higgs' official charity. It is a local company with three offices in the area, so it is an ideal relationship and we look forward to working with them.

"The current running costs to maintain our high level of care to patients with life-limiting illness and to support their families is £2.2m for the year.

"This has to be funded mainly from public support. It is therefore vital that we continue to raise funds in a variety of ways to ensure we can continue to enrich our patients' lives whilst living with a terminal illness.

"We have a big challenge on our hands, but we will meet it through support from local companies like Higgs & Sons."

For more information about making donations to the Mary Stevens Hospice please contact 01384 377778.


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