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Warburtons Help Out Hospice

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Warburtons has forged a new relationship with St Andrew's Hospice in Airdrie after donating £2,700 and providing a weekly supply of bread.

Warburtons Bellshill Bakery has pledged its support to the hospice for the wonderful work it does in helping patients and their families in Lanarkshire. The bakery is looking forward to supporting future hospice fundraising initiatives in coming years.

Ian Connell, general manager, Warburtons Scotland, said: "It is very important to us that we provide support to those within our community who need it.  St Andrew's Hospice carries out tremendous work and we're delighted to be in a position to support the charity. We had the privilege of visiting the hospice recently and this made us at Warburtons aware of how many lives the hospice touches and how incredibly hard the volunteers work."

The hospice opened in 1986. From modest beginnings, of just four beds for the terminally ill, St Andrew's now cares for over 120 patients every week and offers a 26 bed specialist palliative care unit, a two bed respite care service for older adults living in the local community, a day hospice offering care for up to 60 patients a week and a specialist range of support services. The annual running costs amounts to £4.2 million, of which £2.2 million has to be raised from public donations.

Sam Lavery, Executive Director at St Andrew's Hospice, said: "We are delighted to receive this donation from Warburtons and would like to thank them for their generosity, which has extended to the company supplying our weekly bread allowance. As a charity we rely heavily on donations from local businesses to ensure we can provide a high level of care and support to our patients and their families."

Picture captions in order : Colin McAlpine (Warburtons),Gail Short (Warburtons), Katie Mulgrew (St Andrews Hospice), Sam Lavery (St Andrews Hospice), Ian Connell (Warburtons) and Elaine Rundell(Warburtons).