Store gives £1,000 boost to care unit

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Kind-hearted staff at a Long Eaton store have chosen to present an award and £1,000 funding boost to a local palliative care unit.

Staff at the Vodafone store in Long Eaton presented the £1,000 Vodafone Community Connection Award to the Hayward House charity.

The Nottingham-based charity is a specialist palliative care unit for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Thanks to the £1,000 award, the experienced care team, supported by a large number of volunteers, can continue to improve the quality of life for patients and their families from diagnosis right the way through to end-of-life care.

Ruth Brady, community fundraising manager for Haywood House, nominated the charity for the award.

She said: “Charitable donations like this mean that we are able to fund day therapy activities, complementary therapy for patients and bereavement services.

“Day therapy activities include art and craft events which help patients to relax, enabling them to express their thoughts and emotions at a difficult time.

“The complementary therapies team provide massages, hypnotherapy and aromatherapy, to help 
the patients’ sense of wellbeing.

“None of this would be possible without the support of our incredible donors.

“This amazing donation will enable us to continue to support our patients and their families, when they need it most.”

Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014 and have already made a difference to more than 60 local communities across the UK.

Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.

Elizabeth Finch, Vodafone store manager in Long Eaton, said “Haywood House couldn’t be a more worthy and deserving winner.

‘Its work truly makes a difference, not only to the patients but by supporting their families too.

“We’re so pleased that we are able to help them in caring for those who need it most.”

Check out how some charities have already used their Vodafone Community Connection Award, or for further information on the Vodafone Community Connection Awards please see Vodafone Social, the official Vodafone blog at blog.vodafone.co.uk/2015/02/02/vodafone-community-connection-awards/