Fashion giant coins it in to help boost coffers at Manorlands hospice

l Manorlands regional fundraiser, Rachel Cunningham, left, and acting head of care, Sarah Bottomley, second from left, receive a £25,750 cheque from Freemans Grattan representatives, from left, chief executive, John Hinchcliffe, human resources business

l Manorlands regional fundraiser, Rachel Cunningham, left, and acting head of care, Sarah Bottomley, second from left, receive a £25,750 cheque from Freemans Grattan representatives, from left, chief executive, John Hinchcliffe, human resources business

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Manorlands has received a whacking £25,750 boost.

The cash was coined in during a year of fundraising by online retailer Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH).

The Bradford-based company chose to support the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice as part of its celebrations marking the centenary of the Grattan brand.

And it smashed its initial target of £10,000.

Activities included raffles and prize draws, as well as participation in the Manorlands events calendar. One employee alone raised £8,500 through sponsorship by swimming 2012 lengths of his local pool.

Sue Ryder regional fundraiser, Rachel Cunningham, paid tribute to the company’s efforts.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the team at FGH during the past year, and the amount it has raised for our services is amazing,” she said.

“This money will go towards allowing us to provide incredible care to patients, both here at Manorlands and out in the local area. This amount could, for example, cover all costs associated with one of our fantastic community nurses for six months.”

FGH, which has recently completed a multi-million-pound move to new head offices in Little Germany, said it was delighted with how the fundraising had gone.

This year the Sue Ryder charity, which has 14 centres across the UK, is celebrating 60 years of delivering care.

Manorlands provides specialist palliative care for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in an area stretching from Bradford to the Yorkshire Dales.

It helps people with conditions including multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s Disease, brain injury and dementia.

The hospice, which relies on voluntary contributions for most of its income, will cost £2.2 million to run this year.

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