National Express makes donation to Mary Stevens Hospice

Pat Sharman of National Express West Midlands has helped raise a total of over £500 (and counting!) towards Mary Stevens Hospice, after securing a donation of £300 from the National Express Employee Charity Panel.

A cleaner at the company’s West Bromwich bus garage, Pat was heavily involved in a recent charity horse and dog show at Rodbaston Equine College in Penkridge to try and help raise funds for the hospice.

Pat said: “I am extremely passionate about the causes that I support, to the point that it takes over my life! Last year was our first attempt at the charity event and we managed to raise over £6,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“This year, along with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we also wanted to give our support to other local causes. I hope that our efforts have gone some way in helping with the cost of running Mary Stevens Hospice and to help make patients time there more comfortable.”

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their own charitable work. The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The panel awarded over £18,000 to 55 charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout 2012.

Based in Stourbridge, Mary Stevens Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for adults aged 17 years onwards who have a non-curative illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, end stage renal or cardiac disease, HIV / AIDS. Over 80% of the annual running costs are generated by donations from the local community.

Published 19th June 2013