Firm’s dog walk raises £3,000 for hospice

Workers at consumer products firm Procter and Gamble’s Cobalt Business Park base in North Tyneside have raised £3,000 for charity by holding a sponsored dog walk.

Employees, together with family and friends, took part in the walk at Gibside, near Rowlands Gill in Gateshead, in aid of Marie Curie. The event was held to mark the Silver Fox Way plant joining forces with the terminal illness charity for a two-year bid to raise £30,000 to help fund the refurbishment of its Newcastle hospice’s day therapy unit.

Judith Cordner, a member of the firm’s community team, said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Marie Curie, and already we have managed to raise more than £3,000, which is a great start to the appeal.”

“We focus our charitable efforts on community matters where we live and work, so fundraising for the Newcastle hospice is a perfect fit and means that we will be helping to make a difference to the lives of local people.”

Over the next two years, Procter and Gamble employees will take part in a host of fundraising activities including running a charity shop for a day, helping decorate the hospice for Christmas and throwing a tea party.

Procter and Gamble has also donated perfumes and make-up for raffles and gift bags for patients at the Elswick hospice.

Kyla Collins, Marie Curie’s regional partnership manager, added: “1,700 patients each year stay at our Newcastle hospice which provides inpatient care and an outpatient respite day service that offers a range of therapies like physiotherapy, relaxation, complementary treatments and pain management.

“Our link with Procter and Gamble will support the hospice day therapy unit refurbishment, and the funds it raises will provide the refurbishment of two key areas as part of this, so that we can reach more people locally.”