Staff at a Bamber Bridge company came up with a meaningful and creative way to support St Catherine’s Hospice, resulting in a wonderful £290 donation.
Employees at Baxi were encouraged to buy and decorate unique Christmas tree ornaments over the festive period, which had been made onsite at the firm’s sheet metal factory in Club Street.
The personalised ‘baubles’ were placed on a tree outside the main entrance, and many people took the opportunity to remember loved ones at an important time of year.
Hannah Heaton, business analysist at Baxi who helped organise the initiative, explained: “Instead of Christmas cards, we thought it would be nice to do something a bit more personal among our staff, and to back a local cause too.
“People really made an effort with their decorations and they did it all in their spare time. St Catherine’s is close to a lot of people’s hearts, so I think they felt really motivated to get involved and show their support for the charity.
“We saw lots of different styles; some people just wanted to help spread Christmas cheer, and others chose to write tributes and dedicate theirs to loved ones who are no longer with us. We had a really positive response and it’s something we hope to do again next year.”
St Catherine’s fundraiser, Emma Jacovelli, visited the offices to meet with staff and tour the onsite museum chronicling 150 years of Baxi.
She said: “It’s fantastic that Baxi staff came together to do something so special for the hospice.
“The care offered by St Catherine’s goes much further than treating the physical symptoms of a life-shortening illness; it’s also about providing emotional support to patients and loved ones, from diagnosis through to remembrance, and enabling people to maintain their individuality and experience the best possible quality of life.
“Baxi’s Christmas decorations scheme really promotes that ethos; encouraging staff to personalise the baubles and express what Christmas and St Catherine’s means to them.
“Their support helping to raise awareness and funds for our charity is so greatly appreciated, and will help us continue providing our specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people when it matters most.”