Blackpool business funds festive meals for hospice

A Blackpool business has made a generous donation to a local hospice in order to fund Christmas meals over the festive period.

Alexander Grace Law has donated £1,400 to Trinity Hospice and one the company’s directors, Darren Yates has himself donated a further £1,600 in memory of his late father, Charles, who was cared for there in his final weeks. 

The money will pay for patient meals from December 21st to January 3rd and Janet Atkins, Trinity Hospice’s Corporate Partnership Manager is delighted. 

She said: “Donations like this mean so much to us right now. We’re facing a £1.5m fundraising shortfall this year because of the pandemic. 

“Our community and business fundraisers have simply been unable to support us as they have in the past, and we’ve had to cancel all of our big fundraisers due to the pandemic.

“We’ve held smaller events and even virtual ones, but it still leaves a gaping hole and it will take us round 3 to 4 years to get back to where we were. 

“We’re so grateful to Alexander Grace Law and to Darren for spreading a bit of festive spirit at a time when we all need it most.”

Darren’s father was admitted to Trinity Hospice on Christmas Eve 2013 and passed away, aged 71, on January 17th, 2014

He said: “We cannot thank the staff enough for the care my dad received at the end of his life and the support they offered us a family.

“It’s so sad that the Hospice has lost so much charity revenue this year and we, as a company, will continue to support them for many years to come.”

Alexander Grace Law was due to stage its annual ball in September this year, in order to raise money for Trinity Hospice, East Lancashire Hospice and Pendleside Hospice. 

Donnamarie Sturrock, director and co-founder of the conveyancing and private matters company, said: “We’re really sad we couldn’t hold our biggest annual fundraiser, but we still wanted to do our bit for Trinity Hospice.

“Our 2021 Ball will be bigger and better than ever, raising vital funds for such amazing causes.”