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Retiring Group of Companies re-affirms commitment to hospice

The Retiring Group staff with their Guild of Patrons certificate

A Ripon-based business acquisition company has re-affirmed its commitment to financially back a hospice for the next three years.

The Retiring Group of Companies decision to once again throw its monetary weight behind Saint Michael’s Hospice, by joining its Guild of Patrons, is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy to improve the lives within the local community.

The charity’s Guild of Patrons is in place to drive forward the Hospice’s strategy of service improvement and expansion, ensuring that patients get the care they need now and in the future.

Businesses that join the Patron’s Guild make a £15,000, three-year commitment to supporting the Guild’s goals and can expect many opportunities to meet other patrons at social occasions, networking and fundraising events.

Stephen Hagues, owner and managing director of the Retiring Group, which specialises in the sale of wealth management and accountancy business disposals, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our support of Saint Michael’s Hospice.

“This was a team decision and not one taken on my own. Everyone agreed that this will help us to give something back to the community we live and work in.

“Those living in the District will certainly know of someone who has benefited from the fantastic and caring service delivered by Saint Michael’s Hospice, and the incredible support it gives to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families.

“We are now very proud to have joined the Guild of Patrons, and over the coming months and years will undertake additional fundraising activities to help Saint Michael’s Hospice.”

Tony Collins, chief executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Retiring Group for investing in local hospice care as a member of our Guild of Patrons.

“Saint Michael’s plans to spend nearly £6m next year providing support to families affected by terminal illness and bereavement, and we rely upon the community we serve to help us raise the majority of these vital funds.

“Patrons demonstrate the power of organisations working together to improve the lives of people in our community, and with one in two people across the district touched by Saint Michael’s work, the impact this remarkable group of businesses makes cannot be underestimated.

“As an award-winning corporate initiative, the Guild of Patrons truly is a powerful platform for companies to demonstrate their values, enhance their company profile and build staff motivation.”

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