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Customer request sees building society back local hospice


A Walsall hospice which provides high quality medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses has received a £5,000 donation from regional building society the West Brom.

The grant to St Giles Walsall Hospice was instigated by a request from David Mottram, a customer at the Society’s Walsall branch. It will help provide patients with the best care and treatment, while also assisting with the hospice’s day-to-day running costs.

Sharon White, fundraising manager at St Giles Walsall Hospice, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from the West Brom and a huge boost to everyone at St Giles.

“David made the initial contact to staff at the building society after we provided care for his mother, Alma Mottram.

“It’s gone on from there and we can’t thank David and the West Brom enough for their support. It’s wonderful to see a significant business supporting local charities in this way.”

St Giles Walsall Hospice, located on Goscote Lane, has centre of excellence status and its Palliative Care Centre includes 12 in-patient beds. The charity has additional hospice premises in Whittington, Uttoxeter and Sutton Coldfield covering the wider Midlands region, and also provides specialist care in patients’ homes.

The West Brom’s donation was made through the Mercian Community Trust, a partnership between the society and the Diocese of Lichfield to support community groups and charitable causes.

Jim King, communications manager for the West Brom, said: “Many people are unfortunately touched by life-limiting illnesses at some stage, either directly themselves or through a family member or close friend. The support and care from organisations such as St Giles Hospice is invaluable in terms of helping those affected to cope.

“David has experienced this first hand and was a real advocate for the sterling work the staff at St Giles do. We thank him for suggesting the cause to us and we were only too happy to make a contribution.”