Chomping Through Treats for Charity

STAFF have been treating themselves to snacks on a daily basis with donations going to Zoe’s Place, an independent charity providing hospice care for babies and infants.

Based in Normanby, Middlesbrough, the hospice opened 12 years ago and specialises in palliative, respite and end of life care for children aged from birth to six years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Thirty-six families from around the region are currently using the facility, which needs £1.4m a year to continue its work.

Chomping through a variety of tasty treats has helped us raise £250, which was presented to hospice mascot Zoe Bear and corporate fundraiser Sue Fox by tax manager Elizabeth Layfield and tax assistant Julie Allan.

Sue said: “Zoe’s Place can provide care for up to 6 children at any one time, with one to one care given by our excellent team of nursing staff. This gives the parents a much-needed break and time to take a breather to do the things that most of us take for granted. We rely on the support and donations from the public and companies such as Clive Owen, and they have been fantastic in supporting us this way. Without the support of companies like Clive Owen we would not be able to continue our work.”

Elizabeth added: “We have around 60 staff and regular visitors from our other offices who also enjoy our tuck shop.

“We started it for a bit of fun and it has become really successful so we open the tuck shop every day and the donations go to support a variety of charities nominated by colleagues.”