Wednesday 02 October 2019

Launch of the first Hospice Donation Window in the Home Counties

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Today we became the first Hospice in the South East to launch a unique and accessible way to give donations by installing a contactless donation window at its Bancroft shop in Hitchin.

Hospice CEO, Sue Plummer and Steve Mellish, Chairman of Garden House Trading Company attended the event, along with Hitchin Town Centre Manager Tom Hardy and TV Sports Presenter and Chairman of Biggleswade Football Club, Guillem Balagué, who officially unveiled the new contactless donation window.

Members of the community passing the shop window can simply hold their bank card or other method of payment to the window and make an immediate donation of £3.00.

CEO Sue Plummer said:

 “It is important for us as a charity to look at more innovative ways for members of the community to support the Hospice. This service offers another choice on how to make donations easily and at any time of day. It currently costs over £26 a day for one hour’s healthcare for a patient in the community – so please tap do show your support if you can when walking by. ”

Trading Chairman, Steve Mellish said:

“Garden House Hospice Care costs £5 million a year to run, so every £3 makes a difference to the free services that all communities in North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and towns and villages in Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire receive from the Hospice. Please, come along with your card and use our new donation station.”

This is the second contactless box to be installed by GHHC, with one other in place in the reception area of the Hospice, where the donor can choose between three amounts to give.

Garden House Hospice Care would like thank Chris Windebank from Ingenious Displays who printed and installed the donation window display for free.

Click here for more information on ways to support your local hospice.