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Wakefield Hospice receives £5,000 boost after award win

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A West Yorkshire-based hospice is creating a new garden area for visitors and inpatients after winning £5,000 in a national competition.

Wakefield Hospice was awarded the money as part of the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which are run twice-yearly and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

It will use the money to create a new garden outside its family room, enabling visitors to spend quality time outdoors with loved ones. Remaining funds will be used to buy plants, garden games and outdoor play equipment for children. The garden will be accessible for wheelchair users and those who are bed bound.

The hospice, founded in 1990, provides care for 300 inpatients and 3,000 day patients a year, and specialises in looking after people with life limiting illnesses. It’s currently expanding its care for patients with dementia.

Wakefield Hospice was nominated for a Community Award by Emily Murphy, a OneFamily customer, who works at the hospice as fundraising coordinator. It was one of 24 organisations presented with an award in this latest round.

Tina Turner, CEO at Wakefield Hospice, said:

“Currently around a quarter of our funding is provided by the Care Commissioning Group, however, we have to work very hard to raise the rest of the money we need for additional projects.

“This funding means we can create a beautiful garden for inpatients and their families to enjoy, and it’s going to make a real difference. We’re really grateful to the people who voted for us and to the OneFamily Foundation for awarding us this money.”

The Community Awards are run by the OneFamily Foundation, an organisation set up by financial mutual OneFamily to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help customers, their families and local communities.

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Wakefield Hospice provides an important service for people with specialist palliative needs and the families who look after them. It’s a pleasure to be able to support them by funding a new garden for everyone to enjoy.

“Our Community Awards are designed to benefit the causes closest to our customers’ hearts, giving community groups and projects the boost they need to continue to offer their vital work.

“The Community Awards launched Wednesday 21 June, so I’d urge West Yorkshire customers with an active policy to get involved and nominate a cause close to their heart.”

Through the OneFamily Foundation, OneFamily aspires to make £5million available to its customers – to improve their lives or to help them make a positive difference to their local communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/