Harry and Simon Briddon

Local companies rally support for hospice building project following £1 million legacy

Local construction company H.A.Briddon Ltd has teamed up with building merchants Markovitz in a new and innovative drive to encourage other local companies to donate items for the urgent refurbishment of Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield.

Following an unprecedented £1 million legacy from the late Harry Fisher, the Hospice – which provides specialist palliative and end of life care to local people and their families across North Derbyshire and the High Peak and Dales – has been able to start a building project to restore a Grade II building, dating back to the 1600s and in desperate need of repair.

With the work for the project now well underway as a result of the Harry Fisher legacy the Hospice would like to further invigorate the building by providing facilities to enhance patient and family experience long into the future, and is turning to local support for help.

Harry Briddon of H.A.Briddon, contracted to manage the current building work comments:

‘The Hospice is an important local service. It is great to be working on renovating this lovely building, but we can see how it can be so much more. The hospice only has limited funds, so it would be amazing if other local companies who could donate items for the building came forward and made this into something the whole community can treasure.’

David Hopkins, CEO of Markovitz which supplies materials required for the current building work comments:

‘We already work closely with the hospice so truly appreciate the work that they do for local people. We are more than happy to donate the profits from any materials purchased for the work required for the work on the building project and encourage our suppliers to lend their support too.’

Ashgate Hospicecare provides services free of charge to patients with any life limiting illness, and extended support to patients’ families.

Esther Preston, from Ashgate Hospicecare, explains:

‘Without the incredible support of local companies such as H.A.Briddon and Markovitz and individuals from across the community we simply would not be able to ensure these vital services continue to be provided. Our priority is always to spend donations on delivering patient care so this support ensures every penny counts.’

‘H.A.Briddon was selected for the building project due to their excellent credentials and costs. However, on behalf of the charity, I would like to thank both H.A.Briddon and Markovitz for their continued support, and resourcefulness in every sense for this campaign which we hope will encourage wider backing for our wonderful organisation helping us to care for patients well into the future.’

H.A.Briddon Ltd and Markovitz would like to hear from other companies who are able to donate whatever they can to the project.

Ashgate Hospicecare currently has a 21-bed inpatient unit, 16-place day hospice and provides a range of therapy and support services on site. Their aim is to further increase services to deliver care to everyone who needs it in North Derbyshire.

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