The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation’s (PPBF) Burrow appeal, which aims to offer a home-from-home haven for parents of premature babies, has been given a welcome boost thanks to a generous donation from the employees of Partners Group (Guernsey) Limited.
The staff of the local firm, which named PPBF as one of its chosen charities for the year, raised £3,145 towards the campaign by embarking on a range of voluntary fundraising activities throughout 2016. All twenty-two staff members participated in cake sales, sporting sweepstakes, dress-down Fridays and treasure hunts to raise the impressive sum. In addition, every second Monday marked ‘Monday Munchies’ when staff put their daily lunch allowance provided by the company into a collection for the charity and a team member supplied tasty lunches for the office such as curry, ploughman’s and chili.
The cause is of significance to the company’s employees as staff member Patti Touray, who retired from the business last year, learned of the charity’s work when her granddaughter required vital treatment in the UK. The family needed to be close to Southampton Hospital and having stayed in a guesthouse rather than the charity’s apartment they were made aware of the lack of appropriate accommodation for Guernsey families.
The Burrow appeal launched in 2015 with the ambitious aim of raising £150,000 to buy a property next to Southampton Hospital called The Burrow. The property has now been purchased and the facility will provide accommodation just a stone’s throw from the hospital. Once opened it will make a huge difference to the day-to-day lives of local families with babies and young children being cared for in the UK.
Lisa Crowson, of Partners Group (Guernsey) Ltd, said: ‘We were delighted to support PPBF as one of our team’s chosen charities for 2016. We are always keen to back local organisations that are trying to make a difference in the community. It’s good to know that our fundraising efforts are being put to such a worthwhile cause and we’re looking forward to the Burrow’s launch later this year.’
Sam Le Marquand, also of Partners Group (Guernsey) Ltd, added: ‘We had great fun working together as a team to support PPBF. With a colourful programme of activities throughout the year, we were hoping that we’d be able to generate a sizeable donation for The Burrow appeal and are really pleased that our fundraising will make a genuine difference to Guernsey families.’
Jo Priaulx, co-founder of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation says: ‘We admire the Guernsey Partners Group team’s sustained fundraising efforts. The sum of money raised will have a real impact and help us make The Burrow a home from home for local families, we can’t thank them enough.’