Staff based at Hovis in Golborne raised money for their chosen charity – simply by taking time out of their day to enjoy a cuppa!
Now our local hospice is asking more of us to do the same – and help raise vital funds for the work they do caring for those with terminal or life-limiting conditions.
Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s Time for Tea intiative is asking us all to support them when we meet up with friends and family this summer. You could even arrange a summer tea party and raise funds for the charity at the same time as seeing loved ones.
The hospice has seen its income severely impacted by Covid-19 with shops shut for months on end and fundraising events cancelled.
Time for Tea is a way for local people to help the hospice continue providing compassionate care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
Sophie Cannon, Fundraising Manager, said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult 18 months and we all can’t wait to be able to meet up with family and friends again.
“Time for Tea is a way of doing something amazing at the same time as meeting up with those we have missed. Simply enjoy a brew, a cake and a natter while raising a few pounds for a good cause!
“There are lots of resources available on our website including invitations, bunting, posters and a tea-themed quiz. Whether you prefer tea, coffee or a G&T all you need to do is supply the refreshments and invite your guests. You can also hold a tea party at work or even host a virtual tea party – it’s up to you.”
Staff at Golborne’s Hovis bakery chose Wigan and Leigh Hospice to be their Charity of the Year for 2021 and have already held a Time for Tea event which raised £90. So far this year they have already raised £275 for the Hindley-based charity, which cares for many patients from here in Lowton and Golborne.
Dave Mallett, Site Manager at the Golborne site (pictured top), said: “We are all delighted to have the opportunity to both work with and support Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Our colleagues are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the charity this year and of course making time for tea!”
A Hovis spokesperson added: “The last 18 months have been particularly challenging for a lot of people, including our colleagues. Our teams have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure the baking and delivery of our loaves. As a business we felt it was important to raise morale, not only at our sites, but also the communities in which we operate. As a result, we asked each of our sites to nominate a local charity that they felt passionately about and wanted to support during 2021. There were a number of deserving charities nominated but the team at Golborne voted Wigan and Leigh Hospice as its winner.”