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Local housebuilder donates £5,000 to Middlesbrough baby hospice
Published date: 29 December 2021
Local housebuilder Barratt Developments North East is continuing to support its charity of the year, Zoë’s Place, by donating £5,000 to the baby hospice this Christmas.
The housebuilder named Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice as its charity of the year early in 2021, having supported the charity since 2019.
With Christmas upon us, the donation has been made to spread some festive joy and give the charity a well-deserved boost, which will help affected families over the holiday season.
Zoё’s Place, based in Middlesbrough, provides vital services including palliative, respite, and end-of-life care to babies and infants who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, as well as providing a bereavement support group and sibling group for families.
In order to provide its services to all families, Zoë’s Place is required to raise £1.1m every year, but as it receives very minimal funding, it relies on voluntary donations and fundraising activities.
Zoё’s Place was sadly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Once open 24 hours, seven days a week, Zoë’s Place now operates on a reduced service where they are open four days a week with a waiting list in place.
Sara Benson, corporate and major donor fundraiser at the charity, said: “Barratt’s donation means so much to us right now.
“We are still running on reduced hours as a result of coronavirus and it currently costs us £3,000 per day to run the hospice.
“Our ultimate goal is to expand our services so that we can once again operate 24 hours, seven days a week.
“The £5,000 donation will make a real difference to us at Christmas time and we can’t thank Barratt enough.”
Barratt managing director Carl Sobolewski added: “We are delighted to have been able to support Zoë’s Place this festive season.
“The charity offers a vital service to local families which is why we have supported Zoë’s Place throughout the year, and we hope our donation helps the charity this Christmas.”
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