High Peak hospice honoured

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A High Peak hospice has been honoured for its enormous contribution to end of life care in Derbyshire.

Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Blythe House is one of three Derbyshire charities to be honoured at the 2015 Hospice UK Awards.

Blythe House, along with Ashgate Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust, were praised for working collaboratively together on the Challenge Derbyshire campaign.

The campaign gives people the opportunity to undertake a fundraising challenge whilst raising money for all three of the nonprofit organisations.

To date, the joint venture has raised over £30,000 which will be split equally between the charities.

Lucy Marsden, fundraising and communications Manager at Blythe House Hospice, said: “We were all really grateful to everyone who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge for Challenge Derybyshire and look forward to welcoming more people who want to take on a personal challenge in aid of three local causes.”

Heidi Hawkins, chief executive at Bakewell Hospice Helen’s Trust, says “I really believed in the personal and simple concept of this fundraising initiative so much that I thought, as Chief Executive, I should lead by example and set my own challenge for 2015. So I did - to lose 41lbs in weight. I’ve lost 60lbs so far and have raised £140 for Challenge Derbyshire! I hope to inspire others to do the same, even if it’s setting a challenge for their New Year’s resolution.”

Managing Director of Markovitz Ltd, David Hopkins, welcomes the idea of supporting three charities simultaneously and is a keen supporter of the campaign.

He said: “Challenge Derbyshire is such an amazing initiative for our company to support.

“Not only does it benefit such worthy charities, it also champions how lucky we are in North Derbyshire to have these three wonderful organisations working together for our community.

“As a company employing people right across the region, we have found that the majority of our staff and customer’s families have been touched at one time or another by one or more of the charities it benefits.”

To get involved in #ChallengeDerbyshire and support three local charities, visit http://www.challengederbyshire.org.uk/#!get_involved/c8k2