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Supporting the local community has always been at the heart of our business and over the years we have helped and partnered a number of good local causes.

Our friends at Dream-A-Way and Hospiscare took time out of their busy schedules to talk about how important local business support is to their respective charities.

Hospiscare

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“Wilkinson Grant & Co. have supported Hospiscare with genuine drive and enthusiasm for more than 10 years, always asking if there is more that they can do.” Ellie Williams, Corporate Officer, Hospiscare.

About Hospiscare

If you live in Exeter, Mid or East Devon, Hospiscare is your local, independent adult hospice charity. Should you or a loved one need care for any type of terminal illness, its professional team of doctors and nurses are there to help.

Hospiscare was formed in 1982 with two community nurses and now has centres in Exeter, Honiton and Tiverton. The number of community nurses has increased to 28 and last year the charity cared for 2,247 patients, their families and loved ones, with its 24 hour telephone advice line supporting 15,468 calls.

It costs Hospiscare £10m a year to provide their extensive variety of services. Of this, 19% is funded by the NHS, with the remaining 81% needed to run the charity being raised through a variety of means, including Hospiscare retail services, grants, gifts in Wills, a wide range of fundraising events, and from community and business support.

Working with Wilkinson Grant

“We are fortunate here at Hospiscare to work with some incredible businesses, and we are so grateful for our genuine partnerships-including that of our friends from Wilkinson Grant. They have supported Hospiscare with genuine drive and enthusiasm for more than 10 years, always asking if there is more that they can do.

They have remained our loyal sponsor of our largest event, which of course is the Men’s Walk. In 2023 we had a record-breaking year where the walk broke through the £122,000 mark. Roger’s wonderful leadership enthuses his team to step up and become ambassadors for us, working in true collaboration to improve our relationship year on year. We are also grateful for the awareness that Wilkinson Grant bring to us as a local charity and for the introductions and support from their client base too.

Epitomising what it is to have a true Charity Partnership, we look forward to continuing our relationship with the team at Wilkinson Grant.” – Ellie Williams, Corporate Officer, Hospiscare.

If your business is interested in supporting, donating or volunteering please contact Ellie Williams, Corporate Officer on 01392 573327 or email e.williams@hospiscare.co.uk

 

Dream-A-Way

Dream-A-Way is a charity that helps people living with physical and learning difficulties – in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – gain access to a much needed holiday. Whether it’s fulfilling a lifetime dream, experiencing great opportunities or just having ‘time out’ from daily routines, Dream-A-Way help by providing grants towards holidays or providing day trips.

People of all ages and from around the South West are helped in every way possible to have a Dream-A-Way holiday and since the charity’s inception in 1993, over 12,000 people have benefited. In 1999, Dream-A-Way purchased their first luxury caravan at the Haven Holiday Park at Devon Cliffs, Sandy Bay, near Exmouth in Devon and in 2016, the charity purchased its twenty second luxury holiday home to help even more people to have a Dream-A-Way holiday.

Last year Dream-A-Way helped nearly 2000 people to enjoy a very special experience including over 300 taken on wonderful days out, over 1200 guests given caravan holidays at the beautiful Devon seaside and more than 100 people have fulfilled their Dream Holiday.

Working with Wilkinson Grant

Several years ago we met Roger Wilkinson who willingly supported our charity ball with both staff volunteers and funds. This was one of our main fundraising events and helped secure around £15,000 on the night.

Since then, our relationship has grown and Dream-A-Way has continually received both financial and moral support from Roger and his sterling team.

Our charity – like so many other good causes – has been built on the support from local companies like Wilkinson Grant and without their support we would not be able to help as many local people with physical or learning difficulties.

We find working with Wilkinson Grant really easy and it’s always a lot of fun. They’re always so accommodating and there’s a real sense that everyone genuinely wants to help and will do whatever it takes to make the event or activity a roaring success.

Throughout the time I have worked with Roger, it is clear to see he is a philanthropic person and as well as being a successful businessman, he also enjoys giving his and his company’s support to Dream-A-Way.

To find out more, please contact Jeff Merrett on chairman@dream-a-way.org or 07796 442144

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