Charity quiz boosts St Giles Hospice appeal

A hospice near Lichfield has been boosted by a fundraising event held in Birmingham.

St Giles Hospice – which has a centre at Whittington – saw the coffers of their Capital Appeal swelled after the event held by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Birmingham .

Staff from PwC’s Midlands Forensic Services team raised a total of £12,530 at their Annual Charity Quiz, which took place at the Birmingham’s Macdonald Burlington Hotel – with half of that sum going directly to the hospice.

Peter Holliday (left) and Laura Pennycuick (right) receive the donation from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Midlands Forensic Services Managers Andrew Meadows and Ansie Delport

Peter Holliday (left) and Laura Pennycuick (right) receive the donation from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Midlands Forensic Services Managers Andrew Meadows and Ansie Delport

Accepting a cheque for £6,265 from Forensic Services Managers Andrew Meadows and Ansie Delport, St Giles Chief Executive Peter Holliday said:

“We’re incredibly grateful for this wonderfully generous donation. The money has brought us a step closer to our Capital Appeal fundraising target, which will see our brand new In-Patient Care Centre opened in the spring.

“We all know this is not an easy time for businesses and so we are particularly thankful to PwC for arranging this event and to all who took part in raising such a magnificent sum.”

This year’s quiz was attended by a select team of St Giles’ very own Eggheads – including Peter and colleagues Cathy Butt, Lynwen Truesdale and Laura Pennycuick.

After a valiant performance, they declared themselves “delighted” to have missed out on the wooden spoon!

And the good news for the hospice is that the proceeds of next year’s event will be donated exclusively to St Giles Capital Appeal.

Ranjuit Auluk, Partner in PwC’s Midlands Forensic Services team, added:

“I am delighted that despite the difficult economic climate, Midlands businesses have come together to support St Giles Hospice.

“This is the fourth year the PwC Forensics team has held the quiz and, with the great support from local businesses, over £40,000 has been raised for charities in the Midlands .

“With the continued support of local businesses at our next event in March 2010, we are hoping to break through the £50,000 mark.”

The St Giles Capital Appeal has raised £1.9 million of the £4 million needed to complete its new In-Patient Care Centre, which will replace the existing 18-bed facility at the hospice in Whittington and significantly extend its specialist care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

The hospice will initially open its brand new facility with 18 beds in April 2010, and plans to open to the remaining beds to a total of 27 as additional funding is obtained.

Further details on the Capital Appeal are available by calling 0121 378 6295 or emailing laura.pennycuick@st-giles-hospice.org.uk.

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