SGN volunteers help St Christopher's Hospice get ready for Christmas
22 December 2017
Our Special Elf Service from left: Amie Arthrell, Kayleigh Horton, Zia Andrews, Brian Andrews, Lisa Morgan, Jack Gunning, and Alexandria Graham in front.
A team from our St Mary Cray office spent a day helping a local hospice get ready for their annual Christmas market.
Our seven volunteers visited St Christopher’s Hospice on a cold winter’s day to set up stalls, deliver leaflets in the local area and wrap up presents for Santa’s grotto. They even decorated the grotto to make sure it was jolly and bright before Santa’s arrival.
Jo Mowbray, Community Fundraiser at St Christopher’s Hospice, said: “Thank you so much for SGN’s continued support of St Christopher’s – it is hugely appreciated. The volunteers were all amazing and worked so hard and made the setting up of the event so much easier for the fundraising team.”
Colleagues from our St Mary Cray depot have formed a close bond with St Christopher’s and have been supporting the hospice for a number of years as part of our Community Action Programme (CAP). This scheme provides all our employees with a day off work on company time every year to help make a difference in their local community. For the third year running, St Christopher’s also provided a Christmas hamper for us to raffle off in our depot, raising over £280 for the hospice.
Network Assistant Zia Andrews said: “I wanted to get involved with the CAP day at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham as some of the nurses from there were instrumental to the end of life care provided for my mum in her own home just prior to her passing. They made the worst time of our lives a little more bearable, just by caring for my mum with so much compassion. They also looked after my dad in the weeks following my mum’s passing by providing counselling.
“The day was hard work, but a lot of fun, from wrapping plant pots, making sandwiches and finally decorating Santa’s grotto and the surrounding area for the kids to enjoy the following day.”
Lisa Morgan, Connections Account Manager, also enjoyed her experience volunteering at St Christopher’s Hospice: “I have only been at SGN for a few months and have already heard such positive things about CAP days – I have to say it did not disappoint. It was great to be able to help out at the Hospice and I was very lucky that the colleagues I attended with had such great humour and positivity about the whole day.”