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Financial planners raise wealth of funds for Barnsley Hospice

Dodworth-based financial planners Lifetime have generated a ‘wealth’ of funds for Barnsley Hospice through their continued support of the charity.

The firm has raised £18,422 since 2010, with the majority coming from its successful referral scheme.

The total has also been boosted through sponsorship of the charity’s mascot, Oscar, and of the annual Barnsley Hospice Golf Day, which returns to Silkstone Golf Club on Friday 18 May.

William Bottomley, co-director of Lifetime, said: “When we were looking to adopt a local charity back in 2010, Barnsley Hospice was a bit of a no-brainer for us. Every one of us in the business has been touched by them in some way, and they are at the centre of community life here in Barnsley, so it was a perfect match for us to support them.

“It was fantastic to be told that we’ve raised over £18,000 so far and in the next few years, our aim is to double that. We have a great relationship with Barnsley Hospice and it’s a brilliant connection to have.”

Every time a new client is introduced to Lifetime, the company donates ten per cent of initial fees generated on new transactions to Barnsley Hospice.

The money raised helps the charity provide specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.

Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “The support from Lifetime over the last few years has been incredible, but it was still a surprise when we totted up their total and realised they’ve donated over £18,000.

“From 2010 when they made their first donation of £250 in lieu of company Christmas cards, to today’s brilliantly successful referral scheme and their continued sponsorship of our Golf Day, we’re extremely grateful for everything they do for us. We’d like to say a big, big thank you to everyone at Lifetime on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Barnsley Hospice.”

Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

  • Lifetime have sponsored the Barnsley Hospice Golf Day every year since 2012. For more information about the event, which costs £45 per person or £180 for a team of four, contact Martyn Hughes on 01226 244244 or email martyn.hughes@barnsley-hospice.org.
  • Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre. For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to www.barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244244.

  • Lifetime has a head office in Barnsley, employing over 50 staff, and a second office in Driffield, East Yorkshire. Clients are throughout the UK. The company’s referral scheme runs across the country and has so far raised a total of £32,200 for 21 hospices. For more information about Lifetime visit www.lifetime-fm.com

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