Carpet team's deep pile of cash for North Herts hospice

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2015

Helen Wilson, Shop Manager, Adam Wilson, Director and Karen Rabjohn, Head of fundraising for Garden House Hospice

Helen Wilson, Shop Manager, Adam Wilson, Director and Karen Rabjohn, Head of fundraising for Garden House Hospice

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A carpet and flooring firm which picked the Garden House Hospice as its charity of the year has made a pile of cash for the cause.

Adam Wilson, Director, Karen Rabjohn, Head of fundraising for Garden House Hospice, and Helen Wilson, Shop ManagerAdam Wilson, Director, Karen Rabjohn, Head of fundraising for Garden House Hospice, and Helen Wilson, Shop Manager

Charles Wilson Carpets is a long-standing supporter of the Letchworth-based hospice, which provides care for patients and families across North Herts and Stevenage.

But over the last 12 months it has made an extra push.

A big chunk of the cash came from the sale of off-cuts and carpet samples which would otherwise have gone to landfill, with all the proceeds going directly to the hospice.

But most came from a promise to donate £10 from every order over £1,000 into the pot, which added nearly £1,900.

Charity donation boxes sent out to potential customers with samples of carpet, as well as the donation of a 30 square metre carpet, along with the labour to fit it, to the hospice’s Christmas raffle – which was won by a delighted hospice supporter from Royston – also supported the cause.

Manager Helen Wilson, the daughter-in-law of Charles Wilson who established the Hermitage Road-based Hitchin, business in 1972, said: “We chose to support the hospice as they do such great work.

“We have personally known a number of people that have received excellent care from the hospice.”

Through this series of fundraising initiatives, Helen and her team have raised a total of £2,686.

The firm plans to continue supporting the hospice – it carpeted the good causes chain of charity shops in Stevenage, Hitchin, Royston, Letchworth and Baldock – as well as nominating another charity of the year.

The hospice is marking its 25th anniversary with a string of celebratory initiatives, and its next big fundraiser is September’s Starlight Walk – find out more about the event and how to sign up at www.ghhospice.co.uk.

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