Vital equipment donation for Trinity Hospice
Yorkshire Building Society and Vincents Solicitors team up to support patients
A donation of more than £1,000 has been made to Trinity Hospice, thanks to a partnership between Vincents Solicitors and Yorkshire Building Society. The money will be used mainly to support patients who are receiving care at home, a service which has increased during the current public health crisis.
Trinity Hospice will purchase a syringe driver with the £1,185 donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, following an application by staff from the Lancashire law firm. The Vincents team hopes the grant will provide some help for the hospice which has seen its fundraising income fall while pressure on its services has increased.
This specialist equipment is used to administer vital medication to patients automatically without a nurse needing to be present all of the time. The need for such machines has increased as the hospice is supporting more end-of-life patients in their own homes with their families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trinity Hospice said: “In these difficult times the pressure on all health services has increased. We are looking after patients with Covid-19 in addition to those we would usually support, both at the Hospice and, where possible, in their own homes.
“Syringe drivers are an important tool for our medical teams, particularly in the community. The donation of this machine, at a time when so much of our fundraising has dried up, is enormously appreciated. Our thanks to Vincents and Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for supporting us when we are most in need.”
Vincents has a YBS agency branch within its office in Garstang and employs cashier Virginia Webster to provide banking services and customer support. This partnership allows the Vincents team to apply to Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for its own nominated charities, which include all of the county’s palliative care hospices. This is the second successful application from the Charitable Foundation and follows a donation made last year to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley.
Virginia Webster from Vincents Solicitors said: “It is heartbreaking to see how much revenue is being lost by the hospices because their fundraising events have, understandably, had to be cancelled. Yet they are being called upon more than ever to provide support to people at the end of their lives, suffering from a range of illnesses and of course Covid-19.
“Thanks to the partnership between Vincents and YBS we were able to apply for this grant and we are all absolutely delighted that the Charitable Foundation has chosen to support our application for Trinity Hospice.”
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities around the UK.
In 2019, the Charitable Foundation donated £378,773 to 377 registered charities nominated by members and colleagues from around the UK.
For more information about our Small Change Big Difference® scheme and to see an interactive map of recent Charitable Foundation donations visit www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation
Pictured: Staff from Trinity Hospice are delighted to receive the donation from YBS and Vincents Solicitors