Nearby Center Parcs Woburn Forest played its part in helping the short break provider raise more than£500,000 for UK charity Together for Short Lives.
The two organisations worked together previously, with the provision of Center Parcs breaks to families supported by the charity, then Together for Short Lives was chosen as the company’s main charity partner in June 2016.
Both organisations are committed to raising as much money and awareness for the charity and the families they help. More than 49,000 children in the UK are living with a life-limiting condition and only 10% of the funds needed to keep the family support services and 54 children’s hospices open, are provided by the Government. This means the charity heavily relies on public and corporate fundraising.
In the last two years and five months, with the help of generous staff and guests, Center Parcs has raised funds which have included guest donations when making a short break booking and match-funding from the company.
Center Parcs Head Office and the villages around the UK have also been busy raising money for their local hospices through activities such as rubber duck races down the Wild Water Rapids, raffles and sponsored challenges.
Woburn Forest alone raised more than £46,000 for Together for Short Lives and their partner hospice, Keech Hospice Care.
Martin Dalby, Center Parcs CEO said it is important that successful businesses like Center Parcs 'give something back'.
"This partnership has been amazing because we have been able to make a difference to families, with less time than most, nationally and locally," he said.
"It’s not just the funds raised and awareness we have helped to spread but also the relationships that have been created and the opportunities to lend our energy and expertise to hospice projects through the volunteering programme too. I’m so proud of the team and all the energy and enthusiasm they have invested in this partnership.”
Andy Fletcher, Together for Short Lives CEO added: “I am extremely proud of our amazing partnership with Center Parcs. To have reached over £500,000 in such a short space of time is staggering and it will make a huge contribution to funding lifeline children’s hospice services across the UK. Thank you so much to everyone at Center Parcs.”
Center Parcs and Together for Short Lives initially agreed on a two year partnership in 2016 but after the success of the first year, this was extended to four years. The money raised by the company is shared by hospices throughout the UK, with 85% of village-specific fundraising going to each partner hospice and the rest going to Together for Short Lives to support their work across the children’s palliative care sector.
Together for Short Lives works with the 54 children’s hospices across the UK that support seriously ill children and their families.