Bank steps in to help Welwyn Garden City hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:20 29 October 2011

Barclays Bank team at Isabel Hospice

Barclays Bank team at Isabel Hospice

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WHAT a difference a day is going to make to the families and patients at WGC-based Isabel Hospice.

For a team of employees from Barclays Bank spent Thursday last week re-decorating and re-furnishing the three counselling/quiet rooms at the hospice’s in-patient unit in Howlands.

Tracey Dodd, community and commercial manager at Barclays said: “We have 12 team members taking part in this project, doing a day’s work to make a difference to their local community.

“Many of the staff have had relatives that have been cared for by Isabel Hospice and so it’s a personal gesture not only from Barclays as a company but also from our staff.

“We have personally chosen the colour scheme, fabrics and furniture (with £600 donated by Barclays), and are looking forward to working for such a worthwhile local charity and hope our actions will encourage other local companies to help in similar ways.

“I’m really passionate about getting involved in community activities in any ways we can.”

Hospice patron, Welwyn Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson, was invited along to the unit to see the work at first hand and thank them for their efforts.

He said: “It’s gratifying to see people like Tracey and her colleagues so keen to do their bit helping in the community and with the hospice in particular.

“It would be great to see many others follow in their footsteps, especially in these very difficult times.”

Julie North, corporate relationship manager for Isabel Hospice, added: “Monetary donations are fabulous, but time and gifts in kind from businesses large and small are just as vital to the hospice.

“We are delighted to welcome the Barclays volunteers and know they will very much enjoy spending time in such an amazing building.”


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