CHILDREN at a hospice were set to enjoy a happy Christmas following the success of a business park’s gift appeal.
Wynyard Park has been collecting gifts in support of Middlesbrough-based Zoe’s Place, one of only three “baby-specific” hospices in the UK.
Around 30 gifts – and several hundred pounds in cash – donated by Wynyard Park and its tenant companies were handed over to hospice representatives earlier this week.
Community fundraiser Rachael Willmore said: “We are so grateful to Wynyard Park and its tenants for their generosity which will really make a difference to children using our services and their families.
“We need just over £1 million a year to cover our basic running costs and that figure doesn’t take account the costs of providing specialist equipment or services, so you can see how important support like this is.”
Claire Ibbotson, Wynyard Park’s facilities and estate manager, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support Zoe’s Place in this way and I’d like to thank everyone who supported our appeal.
“We know that times are hard and that some people are struggling to make ends meet, but it is nice to be able to provide a bit of festive cheer for the children at Zoe’ Place and their families.”
Zoe’s Place, which opened in Middlesbrough eight years ago, is a registered charity which cares for babies and infants up to the age of five.
Wynyard Park which covers 700 acres, is home to around 65 companies.
which together support around 2,000 jobs.