MERKUR Initiative serves up Christmas cheer for hospice patients, loved ones and staff

Tony Boulton Merkur initiative serves up Christmas cheer for hospice patients, loved ones and staff
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MERKUR UK is finishing the year supporting hospices based in Newark, which is home to Blueprint Operations, Preston (Regal) and Milton Keynes, the location of MERKUR UK’s Head Office.


At the Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes, patients, visiting families and the nursing team will be enjoying Christmas Dinner with all of the trimmings, courtesy of a festive donation from the MERKUR Initiative fund. The Christmas gift is part of MERKUR UK’s national programme to recognise the organisations, good causes and individuals who make a positive contribution to those less fortunate in the community.

As well as funding the festive feasts on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, MERKUR will also be saying a big thank-you to the 64 working staff members by covering the cost of their Christmas Lunches.

Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director Public and Political Relations said: “We established MERKUR Initiative to help support groups such as the Hospice Movement. Willen Hospice is typical of the movement, it was established 40-years ago, it is run by local people for local people and delivers calm, compassionate end of life palliative care. It costs £9/minute every year to run Willen Hospice which is reliant on a wide range of money raising activities and donations from the commercial world. We are delighted to be able to play a small part in helping patients, their families and the nursing teams at Willen House, Beaumont House in Newark and St Catherine’s Hospice which cares for patients and families across Preston and South Ribble, to enjoy their Christmas.”

MERKUR Initiative aims to provide funding to help 50 smaller community-based charities each year. Supported charities, which are nominated by team members, have included an animal sanctuary, an organisation that provides entertainment for children while they are in hospital, an appeal to help replace a hospice roof, an organisation that delivers support for people suffering from severe mental illness, a homelessness organisation that provides emergency temporary accommodation, as well as the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

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