ANCASTER Nissan’s 15-year support of a London hospice has continued with the presentation of a cheque for £2,500.
The dealer group, which has six showrooms in South London and the Home Counties, has backed St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham in many ways over the years, from supplying cars for their annual raffle, sponsoring fundraising events and even climbing mountains — with a team of staff taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge.
This latest donation was made possible after Ancaster won a prize draw run by Enterprise Holdings Foundation, one of its clients.
The money will be put towards the hospice’s Arts Therapy team, which provides life-enhancing music and arts therapy for patients receiving palliative care at St Christopher’s, whether they are staying at the hospice or if they are patients cared for in the community.
Graham Pearse, Senior Fundraising Manager, said: “Ancaster is historically one of our biggest supporters and dearest friends. They go the extra mile for us and this latest donation, in our 50th anniversary year, is yet another example of their generosity and dedication to our work. We can’t thank them enough.”
Colin Arksey, Ancaster Group’s Business Specialist, presented the cheque. He said: “We’ve supported St Christopher’s for years and enjoy working closely with them to help them continue the wonderful work they do. When we won the prize draw and was asked what charity it should go for, there was no hesitation.”
St Christopher’s was founded in 1967 in Sydenham, South London, as the world’s first modern hospice and provides skilled and compassionate end of life care, combining specialist care, research and education.
Last year, St Christopher’s supported more than 6,000 patients and their families across five London Boroughs, Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.