Avon Group achieves £100k milestone for children’s hospice

Children’s Hospice South West

Between them, Bristol engineering business Avon Group and its staff have donated a staggering £100,000 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) during the last six years.

Since 2016, the company has sponsored a specialist nurse at the charity’s Charlton Farm hospice in North Somerset where it provides vital care for children with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

The £100,000 figure has come from corporate support and the enthusiastic fundraising efforts of staff who have joined in with many of the Hospice’s fundraising initiatives, such as the Big South West Cream Tea and the £50 Challenge.

The Group’s fundraising announcement coincides with International Nurses Day on May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthday) which celebrates the contribution that nurses make to their communities and healthcare around the world.

Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at CHSW, said: “We are extremely grateful to Avon Group for their amazing, ongoing generosity over a sustained period of time when we rely so heavily on donations to be able to deliver our services. This has been particularly crucial during the pandemic when we have experienced a much more challenging time for fundraising.

“It costs around £30,000 a year to fund one nurse, so contributions from companies like Avon Group really do make a big difference.”

Mark Rushin, Group Director and owner of Avon Group, said: “We began on this journey with a strong desire to give something back and support those in need of help.

“Choosing the right charity – one where we can make a real difference – has been really important to us. We’re proud to be able to support Children’s Hospice South West which does such fantastic work providing the very highest levels of care and compassion to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families and those who care for them.”

He added: “Our teams have worked so hard over the years to build the business to where it is today and every penny we give has meaning. As a privately-owned company, I hope that we can encourage more businesses to recognise the difference that they can make too and support this amazing charity.”