Leeds-based car auction firm G3 Remarketing is pledging to cover the costs of employing a Prince of Wales Hospice nurse – and is challenging other businesses to match their generous offer.
The amount – £40,000 – will help the Pontefract-based charity to provide support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
This is the latest in a series of fundraising and donation drives from G3 Remarketing, which announced last year that they had donated a sum of £30,000 to the hospice.
Since that date, the company’s founder and director, Matt Dale, has run four marathons and an ultra-marathon in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the charity’s coffers. But wanting to do more, G3 Remarketing also put in a mechanism whereby the firm donates a percentage profit from each vehicle sold.
Commenting on this latest initiative, Matt said: “We recently met with the fundraising team at the hospice to brainstorm ideas for raising more money. They told us that what they really need is greater business support – that’s what sparked us to take action and sponsor a nurse!
“What the Prince of Wales Hospice does for our region is fantastic. Any money raised goes straight into maintaining and supporting the facility – not towards marketing budgets and executives’ wages. So, we’re calling on other organisations within our region to get involved. And who knows, if enough firms get on board, we could end up paying for the whole team’s wages!”
Laura Bennett, The Prince of Wales Hospice’s fundraising manager, said: “G3 is by far our most generous corporate supporter in the region. That means a lot, especially because of the support we have provided to relatives of G3 employees. It shows that they are confident in our care and want it to be available for other local people with a life-limiting illness.
“It would be fantastic to see other local companies follow their example!”
The Prince of Wales Hospice was founded in 1989 and helps over 300 in-patients per year, as well as an additional 1,000 people who receive support and advice in day therapy sessions and lymphoedema clinics.