Business community urged to back hospice charity campaign

HHDBA Chair Maureen Scholefield
HHDBA Chair Maureen Scholefield

The Haywards Heath & District Business Association (HHDBA) is asking its members to throw their weight behind the Association’s campaign to raise money for the St Peter & St James Hospice.

HHDBA has chosen the Hospice as its charity of the year and set a minimum fundraising target of £1,500 over the next twelve months.

The selection of the Hospice follows decisions of the HHDBA’s committee to offer charities a standard membership fee and that it would, each year, adopt one member charity.

Maureen Scholefield, chair of HHDBA, expressed her delight at the choice, explaining that St Peter & St James provides care and support for those living with life limiting illnesses from all of Sussex.

She added: “I am really pleased that we have selected St Peter & St James.

“All of its services are free and because it receives less than 14 percent of its funding from government it has to raise over £7,200 every day of the year to reach the £2.6million it needs annually.

“It does a phenomenal job and I am sure the Haywards Heath business community will support our campaign.”

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager of St Peter & St James said: “HHDBA supported us as a result of the first Bike Ride in 2011 and we are delighted that they have chosen to support us again as their charity for 2014.

“Membership of HHDBA has been extremely worthwhile and allowed us to make many connections with the local business community.

“We look forward to working with HHDBA to smash the target!”

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