BIG hearted volunteers raised more than £1,300 for St Richard’s Hospice as they got their hands dirty to make life better for people living in their community.
Fortis Living staff, businesses, members of the public and a former Liverpool FC player all mucked in during a series of projects designed to help vulnerable people and raise vital funds for charity.
Fortis Living’s third annual Communities Week started with a family fun day and football tournament at Malvern Town Football club.
The highlight was a charity football match featuring former players from West Bromwich Albion playing against a team made up of local businesses and captained by Alan Kennedy of Liverpool fame, raising money for St Richard’s Hospice.
Throughout the week (September 11 to 16) staff from Fortis Living took time out from their usual day jobs to do something different and help support people living in the local community.
On the final day of the week a number of staff took part in a ‘Row the Severn’ challenge on Worcester’s High Street as part of the Worcestershire Hour Festival of Business. Staff took up the challenge of ‘rowing’ the 70 miles distance from Sabrina Bridge to the Severn Bridge. In total the week raised over £1,300 for St Richard’s Hospice.
Alice Spearing, St Richard’s engagement officer said: “We are very grateful to the Fortis Living team for supporting our care, both by raising funds and helping us to increase people’s awareness of all our free services in Worcestershire.”
Sue Heelas, Fortis Living’s Assistant Director for Housing and Communities said: “As a social business we want to make a positive difference to the communities we serve.”