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Builders merchant boost for north east hospice

Sunderland builders merchants, Thompsons Building Centres have donated £10,000 to the St Benedict’s Hospice at Home appeal.
The donation is in memory of Lily Thompson, wife of Thompsons founder Albie, who would have celebrated her 82nd birthday earlier this week. Mrs Thompson died six months ago but was able to stay at home for the full two year duration of her illness because of the support of her family and Macmillan nurses.

Albie Thompson, who set up Thompson Building Centres more than 50 years ago, said that the donation was “a fitting tribute” to his wife who had benefited greatly from the support offered by the nursing team at home.

The money will go towards the new £400,000 Hospice At Home appeal launched by the hospice which aims to use the money to allow more people to be nursed at home.

Anne Ganley, managing director of Thompson Building Centres, said the company were delighted to be able to support and promote the hospice and making the donation through the business allowed St Benedict’s to reap the tax benefits.

“It was a real privilege to meet and work alongside the Macmillan nurses who supported not only my mum but the family and allowed us to enjoy some really special days with her before she passed away,” she said.

Anne Oliver, fund-raising co-ordinator for St Benedict’s, said the donation was a huge boost to the appeal. “Thompson Building Centres have been very supportive of St Benedict’s Hospice over the years and we are delighted that they are now backing our Hospice at Home fundraising campaign,” she said.

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