A cheque for £8,000 has been awarded to Garden House Hospice Care and East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity by biz4Biz, the membership organisation that supports businesses in the East of England. 

The Letchworth-based hospice won a Covid Hero Award at the biz4Biz awards in July, where Director of Income Generation, Carla Pilsworth, gave a speech about the rising costs affecting the hospice. The amount they have to raise each day to fund their services has increased by 27 per cent in the last two years. 

Fundraising from companies in attendance on the night raised a total of £8,000, with biz4Biz choosing to donate half to each charity.

Harry Folgate, corporate and groups fundraising co-ordinator at the hospice, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries to receive this generous donation. 

"Our clinical staff worked tirelessly throughout the worst of pandemic to provide care and support to patients in our community, and it’s great to see their hard work rewarded. 

"This donation from biz4Biz will play a big part in helping us provide the best possible care for our patients after being hit harder than ever before financially as a charity." 

Eloise Huddleston, director of East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, added: “We are extremely grateful to biz4Biz for choosing us as one of the recipients of their generous donation.

"The funds will go towards our Sunshine Appeal to transform outdoor spaces at Lister Hospital so that staff, patients and visitors can enjoy the benefits of spending time outside in the fresh air, and hopefully, sunshine!”