A team of non-profit housing providers have raised over £2,000 for three charities close to their hearts.
Progress Housing Group has raised over £1,000, split between the charity Key Unlocking Futures, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and St Catherine’s Hospice.
Progress Housing Group then matched the figure, bringing it to over £2,000.
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Phil Bentley, a senior carpenter at Progress Housing Group, which organized the fundraiser, said: “We were very aware of how difficult the past two years have been for us, and it must have been worse for others.
“Everyone has been fantastic, generously donating over £1,000, which the group has matched, giving each charity £683.
“Rosemère and the Hospice Sainte-Catherine belong to me. My mother, Kathleen, had secondary lung cancer and was treated at Rosemère with radiation therapy nine years ago.
“She also spent her last 12 weeks at St. Catherine’s Hospice. What they provide is invaluable and I will always be indebted to them. We also want to support Key and increase its visibility, as it is a very useful charity.
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Liam Cryer, a senior carpenter at Progress Housing Group, chose Rosemere after the charity supported him in 2018 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 27-year-old from Higher Walton said: “Being diagnosed with testicular cancer was an extremely difficult time in my life. After my surgery, I started three months of chemotherapy at Rosemère.
“Without Rosemère acting so effectively with my treatment, I don’t know where I would be today.
“Being able to give back to the charity that has helped me so much means the world to me. I hope we will continue to raise money for charities, especially Rosemère, in the future.
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Key Unlocking Futures is helping over 1,500 people across Lancashire realize their potential, helping them find jobs and secure accommodation.
Jayne Allison, Business Development Manager at Key, said, “We are truly grateful to the team at Progress Housing Group for choosing to support us and publicize our work.
Jayne said the donation makes a huge difference and helps the charity support those going through difficult times, providing food parcels, help finding accommodation and counseling services.
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Yvonne Stott, a community fundraiser for the Rosemère Cancer Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to receive this donation.
“It’s great to know that there are brilliant local businesses like Progress Housing Group looking for ways to improve the lives of the whole community.”
Emily Carpenter, community engagement manager at St Catherine’s Hospice, said the charity is grateful to Phil and the team for thinking of them.
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Emily said: “We wouldn’t be able to help people experience quality and supportive end-of-life care without the incredible support from our communities.
“We are truly humbled that the team at Progress Housing Group have chosen to donate their funds for social events and have encouraged their colleagues to support our cause and other worthy charities.”
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