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JSA presents cheque for charity funds raised to the Peace Hospice

JSA presents cheque for charity funds raised to the Peace Hospice
 
JSA Chairman, Andrew Goodman met staff and was given a tour around the building when he presented a cheque to Maggie Grand, Corporate Development Manager at the Peace Hospice in Watford on Friday 18 February.
 
Staff at JSA raised more than 6,633.11 during 2010 for the hospice and their other three chosen charities: the Teenage Cancer Trust, Help for Heroes, and Colnbrook School, also local to JSA in South Oxhey. Of that sum, a massive 4,381.62 will go to the hospice, in Watford, which includes more than 3,800 raised through sponsorship and an additional 568 from staff donations, a cheque for which was presented to Maggie Grand on Friday. The money was raised in a variety of unusual ways, including a day of Halloween and Christmas themed outfits, bike rides, cake sales, a dress down month and even a wear-a-wig day! A further 1,497 was raised by payroll giving, which will be split between the four charities. At the presentation, Andrew Goodman also presented Maggie with his own additional cheque for 4,000 to match monies raised over the past year by JSA for the Peace Hospice.
 
Although no JSA staff have a personal connection with the Peace Hospice, when they were asked to vote for their top four charities at the beginning of 2010, they were unanimous that they wanted to support the incredible work carried out by the Peace Hospice. The money will go towards the enormous 4m that the Hospice has to raise annually.
 
Journalist Michael Pickard from the Watford Observer also covered the event with a photographer. His report went live on the Observer website on Monday 21 February.
 
Maggie Grand said: I am delighted that JSA is supporting the Peace Hospice and thrilled with the presentation of 4,568 on Friday which makes a grand total of 6,978 raised to date - a huge boost to our fundraising as we have to raise 3m in charitable income this year. The Peace Hospice is based just up the road from JSA in Watford and cares for people living with a life limiting or terminal illness and supports their families from across South West Hertfordshire. It provides free care through its inpatient unit, day care facilities, outpatient services and hospice at home service as well as bereavement support.
 
Andrew Goodman said: I was fortunate to have the pleasure of meeting the staff at The Peace Hospice, just over the road from JSA. The name of the hospice is 100 per cent appropriate and reflects the atmosphere of care, support and love that all the staff create for the patients. The facilities are of a very high standard and I am sure that the money we have raised will be used for a charity that really needs it and makes good use of it.
 
I am delighted that we are able to support this charity that does really great and vital work supporting members of the local community. I know they need support more than ever and I hope we will be able to raise more money, donate clothes and other goods that will be of assistance to their cause.

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