When people power really pays dividends

From left, Victoria Rogers, Mike Clark and Francis McAllister, the fundraising director at the Hartlepool & District Hospice
From left, Victoria Rogers, Mike Clark and Francis McAllister, the fundraising director at the Hartlepool & District Hospice

A HOMES provider is backing two charities this year – and people power helped choose which worthy causes they should support.

The Vela Group has pledged to raise thousands of pounds for two local causes. Delighted officials at the Hartlepool & District Hospice and Butterwick Hospice will benefit from the funds.

 Vela is a major North-East housing group and was formed in 2010 by bringing together Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool.

 Now it is proving to make a huge difference to the local community. As part of the decision process, Vela talked to its workforce to find out which charities they wanted to support.

 Money raised by Vela employees and customers in 2013 will help people living with life-limiting illnesses.

 Mike Clark, chairman of the Vela Group, said: “We are delighted to be supporting these two charities which play such a vital role in our communities across Stockton, Hartlepool and East Durham.”

He said the Vela Group helped Daisy Chain last year, which supports people with autism. Now comes two more causes to receive help.

Mr Clark added: “We are very much looking forward to working with Butterwick Hospice and Hartlepool & District Hospice to promote and raise money for such deserving local charities.”

 Hospice corporate fundraiser Carol Sennett said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Vela as one of its nominated charities and are extremely proud that the services we provide to the local communities of Hartlepool and east Durham have been the inspiration.

 “Partnerships like these are essential to the hospice. All the money raised will go directly towards providing vital services to patients and their families.”

 Victoria Rogers, annual company adoption fundraiser at Butterwick Hospice, said: “We are thrilled that Vela has chosen us as one of their charities of the year. This makes us feel very special and we hope that everyone involved has a great time and lots of fun while helping to raise money.

 “Without the generosity of organisations like Vela, we couldn’t possibly offer the services we do to the people of Teesside free of charge.”

 Both hospices provide services free of charge and rely heavily on voluntary contributions from the public.