Gift helps keep hospice going

Willen Hospice Chief Executive Paul Hinson with Senior Sister Sally Leverett, left, and Nursing Auxiliary Helen Showell, and their latest Mercedes-Benz Vito PNL-151214-171526003
Willen Hospice Chief Executive Paul Hinson with Senior Sister Sally Leverett, left, and Nursing Auxiliary Helen Showell, and their latest Mercedes-Benz Vito PNL-151214-171526003

Charity shops that generate vital income for a hospice are being kept open thanks to a gift from Mercedez-Benz Vans.

Willen Hospice has just taken delivery of a smart Mercedes-Benz Vito Van donated by the manufacturer – Mercedes-Benz Vans also operates from headquarters in Milton Keynes and is a long-term supporter of the charity.

The vehicle has been assigned to the hospice’s Facilities Management team and replaces their previous Vito, which had provided three years’ reliable service. It bears the Willen Hospice name and logo, which helps to keep it in the forefront of the minds of those who see it on the road.

Located in a quiet, lakeside setting, close to the city centre, Willen Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people served by the health authorities covering Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire. It also offers bereavement support for loved ones.

Just 22 per cent of the hospice’s running costs are met by the NHS, which means it needs to raise an additional £3.6 million every year to remain open.

The hospice derives regular income from its chain of nine high street shops in the city and surrounding towns. As well as maintaining these, its Facilities Management specialists are responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of other premises including a sorting and distribution centre at Kiln Farm.

Chief Executive Paul Hinson said: “We rely very heavily on the loyal and committed financial support of individual donors, business supporters and the voluntary efforts of the community to ensure the future funding of our work.

“Mercedes-Benz UK has been a very good friend to the hospice over many years and we are hugely grateful to the company and its employees for their continued support. This new van will be invaluable in helping staff to keep our shops and other facilities open for business, so we generate as much money as possible to fund the work of the hospice.”

Mick Glover, Remarketing Manager for Mercedes-Benz Vans, added: “The staff at Willen Hospice make a huge difference by providing wonderful care to the lives of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It is an invaluable asset to the community and there is no cause more deserving of our support.”

To find out more visit www.willen-hospice.org.uk