St Gemma's presented with £6,000 following fundraising activities

Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, which includes both the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, visited St Gemma’s Hospice recently to present the charity with a cheque for £6,000, forming part of a total of more than £35,000 donated to the hospice by the housebuilder over the past nine years.£1,800 was raised from a coast to coast charity bike ride, which saw Barratt Developments’ technical team cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven on the west coast of England to Tynemouth on the east.Further funds were collected through a Golf Day, several raffles and bake sales, and from collection tins at the Yorkshire West Head Office at Capitol Park in Morley, where staff pay £1 to dress down every Friday.There are collection tins situated all around the offices so that staff and visitors can donate as they feel, and all donations go to St. Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.Laura Ferris, Corporate Fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice, commented: “On behalf of the staff, patients and their families, we’d like to thank Barratt Developments Yorkshire West for their loyal support of St Gemma’s Hospice. We are very grateful to everyone involved in raising this generous donation. These funds will go a long way towards providing expert medical and emotional support to local patients on our wards, in our Day Hospice and in people‘s own homes, 365 days of the year. It means our Young Peoples’ Service and Bereavement Support Team can ensure that our patients’ families and carers are also supported, whenever they need it.“It costs £25,000 each and every day to run all of the services provided completely free of charge for our patients and their families to access. We couldn’t do this without the support of businesses such as Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West.”

Ian Ruthven, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Yorkshire West, added: “Barratt Homes Yorkshire West first partnered with St Gemma’s Hospice in 2008 and it has been an absolute pleasure to run events and fundraise in support of the charity, raising more than £35,000, over the past nine years."