Read about a much needed £1,000 donation made through our 5% Pledge to help bereaved families access extra support through Butterwick Hospice Care.

Stockton and Yarm Branch Manager Alex Robson with Butterwick’s Business Development Executive, Michelle Ball.

Published: 2 November 2021

Families coping with bereavement will receive additional support thanks to a grant from Darlington Building Society who donated £1,000 to Butterwick Hospice Care as part of the 5% Pledge.

The money will be used to fund counselling sessions for children and adults who have lost a loved one.

Butterwick’s Business Development Executive, Michelle Ball, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Darlington Building Society for supporting us in this way because contributions like this are absolutely vital in helping us to continue providing care to those who need it.

“Donations like this potentially benefit all of us – our family and friends, bereaved children, siblings, you and me – and that’s why it means so much.”

Butterwick Hospice Care, which has sites at Stockton and Bishop Auckland, supports more than 2,500 people every year, and Business Development Manager Ann-Marie Sawdon said the Covid-19 pandemic had led to huge challenges for the charity.

“The last 18 months have been very difficult, with the pandemic having a massive impact on our ability to fundraise, so we need the support of businesses like Darlington Building Society more than ever,” said Ann-Marie.

“It has been particularly difficult for those who have lost loved ones. Bereavement has become more complex than ever and this grant from Darlington Building Society will enable us to support people at the most difficult time of their lives.”

Alex Robson, manager of the Society’s Stockton and Yarm branches, was moved by the work of Butterwick Hospice Care after talking to Michelle at a virtual networking event organised by Stockton Business Improvement District (BID).

“What really struck me is that the support provided by the Butterwick not only helps the individual but the wider family too,” said Alex. “I hadn’t fully appreciated the impact the pandemic has had on fundraising, so we are delighted to be able to help such a fantastic charity doing priceless work in the local community.”

To find out more about the 5% Pledge visit the Community section of our website.

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