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Volunteers given floral thank you as building society donates more than £44,000 to hospices

Volunteers at three Cumbrian hospices have been given bouquets to thank them for supporting the charities’ vital work.

The bouquets were presented to volunteers at Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland and Eden Valley Hospice, all courtesy of The Cumberland building society.

The floral thank you follows a donation of £14,787 to each hospice from The Cumberland, using money donated on behalf of its Affinity Account savers.

Between them the three charities provide vital care for people across Cumbria who are living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as palliative care and support for patients’ families.

While Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland provide care in patients’ own homes, Eden Valley Hospice offers both in-patient and out-patient services from its site in Carlisle.

Julie Clayton, chief executive officer for Eden Valley Hospice, said: "We'd like to thank The Cumberland - and their Affinity Account savers - for their incredibly generous ongoing support of the hospice. It's no secret that we're living through very challenging times so this donation and the other various ways in which they support us is very much appreciated.

"We must also say thank you to The Cumberland for the very kind gesture they have made to our volunteers who are a very special part of our charity. The work they do across all parts of the organisation, from supporting our clinical teams to raising funds in our shops and keeping our gardens looking beautiful, is highly valued by everyone at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw - we simply couldn't do what we do without them."

Each year The Cumberland donates an amount equivalent to one per cent of the average total balances of all its Affinity Accounts to the hospices.

Phillip Ward, brand manager at The Cumberland, said the donation was a natural extension of its Kinder Banking initiative, which it launched this year to focus on doing good for people, the planet and local communities.

Phillip said: “Kinder Banking is about making sure that everything we do benefits somebody or something but it’s also about celebrating acts of kindness in our communities.

“The work that all these hospices do goes above and beyond just kindness; it really is life-changing for so many people when they are facing some of the toughest times imaginable.

“It is hard to imagine any organisations which are more deserving of a donation than the hospices and it’s a great pleasure to be able to say a little thank you to the hard working volunteers.”

Further information about the Cumberland Affinity Account here.