Mole Avon raises over £46,000 for Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 10:56 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:56 09 December 2014

Staff from the Axminster branch of Mole Avon with the giant cheque.

Staff from the Axminster branch of Mole Avon with the giant cheque.


Axminster branch congratulated for its part in helping raise the huge sum

Staff at Mole Avon’s Axminster branch have helped the company raise more than £46,000 for local charity Hospiscare.

The money was presented to Glynis Atherton, the charity’s chief executive and John Arnold, corporate fundraiser, at the company’s annual dinner and dance.

The huge total was achieved through a range of fundraising events including fashion shows, cake sales and tombolas, bingos a sky dive and even a trek across the Sahara desert.

The Mole Avon Ruby Appeal was launched last year to celebrate 40 years trading with a target to raise £40,000 for Hospiscare - £1,000 for each year.

The firm chose Hospiscare to support as it has touched members of staff, customers, suppliers and their families alike. Additionally it is has a perfect geographical fit with Mole Avon’s trading area.

Hospiscare needs to raise more than £4m each year to continue to provide its free of charge services to people with life-limiting illnesses in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

“I was thrilled to receive a cheque for the amazing figure of £46,424.97 from Mole Avon.” said Glynis Atherton. “This sum represents two years of fundraising by the company’s staff and we are incredibly grateful for their hard work and dedication. This sum buys 1,857 hours of high quality wraparound care for people who are nearing the end of their lives, but as importantly it buys peace of mind for carers and families and precious time for them to be with loved ones whose symptoms are being managed by experts.

“I think everyone who works for Mole Avon should be very proud of what they have achieved and I thank them for being so generous.”

Mole Avon thanked all its staff, friends, family and customers who have supported the company in its Ruby Appeal and helped them raise such a fantastic amount.

Richard Billson, Mole Avon Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have not only reached our target, but to have exceeded it by quite a lot. We would not have been able to do this without the hard work and dedication of the staff at all our sites – the three Mole Avon Town and Country Stores, Town and Countrywear, Mole Avon Forecourt and our Central Administration office.

“We have also had amazing support from our customers, friends and family and suppliers who have been happy to support such a worthy local charity.”

John Arnold, Hospiscare Corporate Fundraiser added: “I would like to thank Mole Avon staff at all their branches who have done an amazing job raising this fabulous sum. They’ve been a dream to work with and just gone ahead and organised a tremendous variety of fundraising events over the last two years with very little input from Hospiscare. We are very dependent on support from the local community and partnerships with businesses like Mole Avon ensure we can continue making a difference for over 2,000 patients and their families each year”.

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