By donating goods (gifts in kind) or services to our hospice, companies are able to contribute in a way that is entirely relevant to their business. Many companies also find it more cost-effective to offer this type of ‘in-kind’ support rather than make a cash donation. Gifts of this nature provide the hospice with invaluable equipment, technology and day-to-day goods that are necessary to run all our services, as well as goods for our shops and prizes for us to use in fundraising raffles or auctions.
Thank you Northamptonshire Chamber for the donation of tables and chairs which will give our Moulton Park conference space greater flexibility and also help us save money on furniture for special community events meaning we have more to spend on patient care! If your business can follow the Chamber's kind example and donate useful things to us, please contact us on 01604 973340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some companies also offer their services free of charge to the hospices, for instance, local solicitors give their time during May to support our Make a Will Week and a local print company who store our accounts for us. All of this reduces our overhead costs and allows us to spend more on what is important – taking care of our patients and their families.
Employees can also get involved in a ‘Donate, don’t dump’ initiative by having a clear out for our charity shops. You designate a day where employees can bring in a bag of donations and we come and collect them all at the end of the day. What also works well is where each employee brings in one quality item, often something they’ve never used or worn. This is a great way of stocking our shops with those extra special items to sell.