A Discovery Day held by Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice was deemed a huge success with new sponsors coming forward to offer their help in supporting the charity.
Over 30 guests attended and heard presentations from Fundraising and Corporate Managers Chris Ward and Muna Chauhan who provided a history of Zoe’s Place and gave an insight into the fantastic work the charity does on a daily basis, corporate partners Wasps and Triton Showers and a heart rendering presentation from Head of Care Gina Harris and her Deputy Tracey Armstrong.
A new video featuring a day in the life of a nurse was also shown which touched everyone’s hearts with one guest commenting “The Hospice video was moving, yet so powerful, how can you not get involved.”
It was the first time Wasps new CEO Stephen Vaughan had attended the hospice and commented on what a superb facility it is and confirmed his commitment that he would like to get Wasps players involved more. Wasps back-row and Wales international Thomas Young said: “I’ve been to Zoë’s Place before and I’ve seen first-hand the priceless work that they do.
“I jumped at the chance of being able to go back and visit the staff, children and families as it’s such a special place, but equally you are reminded that without donations from the general public, the hospice can’t operate.
“It was great to see so many businesses there on the night who are supporting the hospice in some way, and hopefully it has given the charity some reassurance of how well-supported they are amongst businesses and in the wider community.”
Tina Simpson, Marketing Director of Triton Showers, which has supported Zoe’s Place for over four years, outlined how Triton as a business as well as their employees have embraced the charity over the years, raising/donating in excess of £22,000!
It was an exciting evening and one which clearly touched the hearts of those who attended so much so that Coventry based Fanuc which specialises in CNC controls, robots and intelligent machines donated a cheque for £2000 and solicitors Wright Hassall & Co and HCB Solicitors Ltd (based in Stratford and nationally) also pledged their support on the night.
Feedback was incredibly positive with comments coming from attendees such as “I have never seen or heard of such a facility, we are very overwhelmed.” “Superb business presentations, we would like to help support and attend your events, The Charity Ball, Golf Day, anything we can get involved in”
Peter Jarvis, the newly appointed Zoe’s Place National Patron and Managing Director of Contechs also spoke about how he first became involved in Zoe’s Place and stressed the need to continue to spread the word and raise awareness for Zoe’s Place.
He commented: “From the time I first stepped into Zoe’s Place I was instantly hooked. It is such a fantastic charity and one which really does touch the hearts of everyone involved however the reality is that it has to raise £1.2 million annually to keep its doors open.
“It is a massive task, but the continuing support of the staff, corporate sponsors and the local community will ensure that the hospice continues to meet the challenges ahead.”
Muna Chauhan Corporate Manager was delighted with the evening and pleased to welcome so many new faces into Zoe’s. “It was a great event and provided us with a perfect opportunity to showcase what we do. We will definitely do it again.
“The response we received was just brilliant and we will look forward to working with our new sponsors.
“Equally I can’t thank Peter Jarvis, Wasps and Triton enough for their continued support and also for Gina and Tracey to take the time to give a greater insight into the importance of the care which Zoe’s Place provides to both the children and families it cares for on a daily basis.”
Zoe’s Place is the region’s only hospice which provides dedicated care to babies and young children suffering from life limiting conditions from the ages of 0-5 and one only three in the UK.