The Saint Michael’s Hospice Business 500 Club offers small to medium sized businesses an opportunity to give back to the communities in which they are based and is an ideal way to show that they stand for more than just profit.
Signa Technologies, the Operators of Moorsweb, provides a service to communities that may be isolated and remote and feels that Saint Michael’s Hospice has similar values and fits with their company ethos.
Saint Michael’s has a bold 3 year plan which extends their care from helping people with terminal illnesses to reaching out to people in the communities who may be lonely or dealing with illnesses in remote places.
Over the next three years Saint Michael’s plan is to:
1. They will help more people affected by terminal illness to live life to the full
They will do this by developing their outreach and outpatient services so they can reach more people at home. This complements the inpatient care services they already offer, should people need them.
2. They will ensure more people with illnesses other than cancer get the care they need
It is widely accepted that people with a terminal conditions other than cancer often miss out on getting the end of life care when they need it. Saint Michael’s are committed to extending their expertise to support more people living with illness, such heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dementia, end stage liver disease and motor neurone disease.
3. They will support more people from under-represented groups by breaking down the barriers that stop them from accessing care
They believe everyone should get care that is personalised and responsive to their individual needs, regardless of their age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances. Over the next three years Saint Michael’s will be taking action on inequality, helping more local people to get support that is right for them.
To be able to fulfil this plan and to continue funding the every day running of their services, Saint Michael’s depend on donations to make up the shortfall from Government funding. Currently it takes around £5m annually to run Saint Michael’s and the Government funding only covers 20% of this cost. Therefore companies like Signa, play a part in helping raise funds for this much needed charity.
Julie Boswell, Operations Manager at Signa said “The Hospice is a charity close to my heart as my step-father and uncle both attended the weekly day care and they both looked forward to that day immensely, the staff were amazing and they enjoyed the social aspect of it. As an organisation we wanted to be part of something that would reach across the community as a whole, and now with our membership, we are helping them to do that.”
Julie continues “we’re staring our membership with a bang this year as we have entered the Great Knaresborough Bed Race as team Signa. Those who know about the race will appreciate that it is no mean feat and not for the faint hearted. The course involves a run around the town pushing a bed up some very very steep hills and across the river within a 30 minute timeframe. Needless to say our team have been out practising already to get fit and get prepared for the big day on June 8th. We’re hoping to raise plenty of funds for Saint Michael’s and have a Just Giving page set up, if anyone wants to sponsor us”.