Leeds shopping destination, Victoria Quarter, has shown its support for two local Yorkshire charities by donating ￡2,500 each to St Gemma’s Hospice and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
Funded by Victoria Quarter owner and developer, Hammerson, the donations comes as part of an annual ￡5,000 community bursary designed to support organisations that undertake vital work in and around the cities in which Hammerson operates.
St Gemma’s Hospice and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust were awarded the bursary fund after being nominated for their invaluable work in the community.
James Bailey, general manager at Victoria Quarter, said: “Supporting the local community in which we operate in is extremely important to Victoria Quarter and the bursary enables us to give something back.”
“The annual bursary is designed to provide funding to help exceptional charities to deliver work which supports communities and makes a real difference to local peoples’ lives.
“St Gemma’s Hospice and the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust are both organisations which offer invaluable services to local people, and we’re proud to be able to offer support to these charities.”
Tracie Harrison, senior fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “We were delighted to receive ￡2,500 from the Hammerson bursary. This donation will pay for five days of care in our In-Patient Unit, where patients receive the highest quality end of life care.
“It costs over ￡9 million to run the Hospice each year and we have to raise the majority of this money, so donations like this are absolutely vital and so very much appreciated.’’
Pam Thornes, trust manager at the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, said: “The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is a small charity and relies heavily on donations from people and organisations to allow us to carry on providing research and supporting the young cancer patients in hospital. Generous donations, such as the bursary from Victoria Quarter, have a real impact on the work we do.”
St Gemma’s Hospice is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England. The charity provides the best possible care and quality of life for local people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
It’s a friendly, warm and safe place at the heart of the local community with a large range of expert services to support patients, their families and friends.
The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK charity funding medical research specifically into cancer affecting teenagers and young adults, where it can frequently strike in dangerous and complex forms.
The Trust also funds measures to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients, both during and in the aftermath of their illnesses. Support is offered to all of the hospitals throughout the UK that treat teenage cancer.