Kind-hearted staff at Coventry estate agents Loveitts have raised a staggering £10,000 for the city’s only hospice dedicated to babies and young children.
Workers at the company have held a number of fundraising activities throughout 2016 to help collect cash for Zoe’s Place after adopting the hospice as their corporate charity for the year.
Last year, the local firm held a hugely successful golf day which is scheduled to take place for a second time in June this year. In October Scott Lindley climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, a fantastic personal achievement.
And in December, four members of staff raised an incredible £850 when they took part in a gruelling nine-hour cycling marathon on the first night of late shopping at the West Orchards Shopping Centre.
Whilst taking their turn to complete the challenge, the fundraising team were cheered on by staff at Zoe’s Place together with their famous mascot bear. As well as fundraising activities, the firm also supported the Mardi Gras Ball in 2016.
Loveitts Associate Director Sally Smith said: “Everyone here at Loveitts is thrilled to be able to hand over £10,000 to Zoe’s Place. It is a fantastic charity here in Coventry which we are proud to support in any way that we can.
“Throughout 2016, staff at Loveitts have worked very hard to raise as much money as possible for this incredible cause. The golf day proved so successful last year that we have decided to organise it for a second time and we are confident it will prove to be just as popular this year.
“The static bike ride was great. Everyone worked incredibly hard and was exhausted at the end, but it was also a lot of fun. We chose to raise money for Zoe’s Place because it is such a deserving cause and the whole team works tirelessly in a very challenging environment.”
Zoe’s Place provides 24-hour palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and children up to the age of five. The facilities include hydrotherapy, music and multi-sensory environments, a self-contained parents’ suite, a starlight room in which parents stay during difficult times, and five child-friendly ‘cot’ rooms.
The last 12 months have been an exciting one for Zoe’s Place with the launch of the Business Group, a hugely successful ball and the commitment of UB40 star Brian Travers who has agreed to support the charity and has also fronted a new video.
But it doesn’t stop there.... Every year the hospice has to raise £1.3 million to ensure that it is able continue to provide its vital service to the families it serves throughout the region and open its doors 24/7. In 2015, the hospice smashed through an ambitious £1 million target to expand its services round the clock.
Sally added: “Loveitts will continue to do all that it can to raise money for Zoe’s Place and help this incredible facility continue to provide its vital service to so many families across the region. We hope to be able to hand over a similar – if not more – amount of money next year.”