As part of its work with the community, the local water company offers four annual regional grants to charities across Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Kent. Today it is delighted to announce Worthing-based St Barnabas House is the chosen charity for Sussex.
The grant will fund a year-long project to renovate a pond in the hospice’s grounds, making it more accessible for patients and families. These plans will transform the area into a tranquil place for the hospice and a haven for wildlife.
Caption: Staff from Southern Water and St Barnabas House in front of the hospice pond.
All four regional charities were chosen by Southern Water employees, as part of an ongoing drive to support local causes close to the heart of communities it serves. As well as raising vital funds, employees will also be lending their time and skills volunteering to help their local projects.
St Barnabas House provides specialist palliative and end of life care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, both within the hospice and in the comfort of patient’s own homes across the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas.
The hospice cares for families and offers post-bereavement support. Since 1973 it has supported nearly 40,000 patients and their families. Its services including an In-patient Unit, Day Hospice, Community Palliative Care Team, Hospice at Home and Bereavement Support.
St Barnabas House Community Fundraising Manager Wendy Bardsley, said: “This partnership is a great opportunity for us to build a strong relationship with a renowned local company. Corporate partnerships play an important role in raising awareness of our services and maintaining close ties with our local community.”
Head of Estates, Facilities and Operational ICT at St Barnabas House, Steven Williams, said: “We are really looking forward to completing this project with Southern Water. Wellbeing is an important part of hospice care and once the project is complete, it will be a wonderful space for patients and families to relax and spend quality time together.”
Beverley Thompson, Community Campaigns and Engagement Manager for Southern Water, added: “We’re so proud to be working with St Barnabas House – a charity that does so much to support families in times of great distress. It’s a cause that’s very close to the hearts of our Sussex employees, some of whom have first-hand knowledge of the care and support offered by the hospice and its wonderful team.
“We hope the pond will provide a peaceful haven for patients, families and staff to give them some welcome respite from anxiety and stress during difficult times.”
Work will begin on the pond this autumn and is due for completion within the year.