St Albans’ Morrisons supermarket helps raise funds for hospice

STAFF at a St Albans supermarket who raised over �1,200 for a hospice were personally thanked last week by a nurse who knows all too well what the money means.

Caroline Wildon, a St Albans resident and nurse on the Hospice of St Francis’ Inpatient Unit, visited the Morrisons store in Hatfield Road on February 22 and thanked the staff for the money, which had been raised over the last 10 months as part of the supermarket chain’s Charity of the Year campaign.

Staff raised �1,236.65 from a variety of events including a golf day, a sponsored parachute jump and box collections at tills. Val Lloyd, a Morrisons employee, was very supportive of the partnership, having personally experienced the good work of the Hospice of St Francis when they looked after her terminally-ill sister four years ago.

Sharon Kydd, personnel manager at Morrisons, said: “Statistically around half of our customers are likely to know someone who has been cared for by a hospice. Seeing the work of the Hospice of St Francis up close has shown us how vital these services are to local people and has given us a fresh perspective on hospice care in our community.”

Morrisons stores across the UK were partnered with hospices local to them as part of their partnership with Help the Hospices for their Charity of the Year campaign and more than �1.3 million was raised.