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A gem of an idea

A gem of an idea

Multi-national insurance broker and major Ipswich employer Willis is launching a Hidden Gems campaign to boost the stocks of a St Elizabeth Hospice shop.

All associates at the Willis office in Friars Street, Ipswich, will be encouraged to donate high quality items they no longer need and bring them into work.

The week-long Hidden Gems campaign starts on Monday, January 25th 2010 and the donated goods will be on sale at the St Elizabeth Hospice Shop in Dog’s Head Street, Ipswich, from February 1.

Each item on sale will be labelled with a Willis Hidden Gems tag to show that it has kindly been donated by a Willis associate.

Willis associates will also be given the opportunity to help out in the Hospice shop to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the voluntary sector.

Vicki Chapman, Executive Assistant to the CEO at Willis and Gary Shoesmith, Technical Training & Education Liaison Director, came up with the idea.

Ms Chapman said: “We have 1,200 people working for us in Ipswich and every one of them is keen to help."

Mr Shoesmith said: “The Hospice provides an invaluable service to the people of East Suffolk and many Willis Associates and their families have had experience of the support it provides. The Hidden Gems Campaign will give us all the opportunity to give something back to the Hospice."  

Janice Hulett, St Elizabeth Hospice’s Community and Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: “We rely on the support of the people to keep our shops stocked with good quality items and in turn raise money to provide Hospice services for patients with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families, friends and carers.

“We are grateful to Willis for thinking of us and we encourage all their members of staff to have a good look around their homes for something they would like to donate.”

Article by St Elizabeth Hospice (Suffolk) Ltd

St Elizabeth Hospice is here for people living with progressive and terminal illnesses - we focus on the individual’s needs including specialist support if required. We offer expert care and support to help patients, and their families, whether this is in their homes, the community or at the hospice.

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent charity providing free services. Every year, our services cost £9.1 million to run, three quarters coming from the local community. We rely on fundraising, donations and volunteers to keep going. Your support helps us grow local hospice care in the neighbourhood.

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