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The SMP Group of Companies have donated a generous sum of £17,000 to Hospice Isle of Man.

SMP staff members voted to select Hospice Isle of Man as their Charity of 2019, and throughout the year raised funds through a variety of events, including their annual party, casual clothes days, bucket collections from theatre shows, and the Buchan triathlon. Donations were also made through its sponsorship of the Wallabies Gone Wild trail initiative, as both Trailmaker Sponsor and sponsor of ‘Joey’ the wallaby, who now takes pride of place in the reception of the Group’s Isle of Man office.

Hospice Isle of Man was founded in 1983 by Nadene Crowther MBE, and since then, they have become an integral part of the Manx community through the broad range of services they offer to those in need.

Since 1983, Hospice has helped over 8,000 patients with life-limiting diseases and those that matter to them through the highest levels of clinical care, enabling patients to live well, their way, to the end of their lives.  

Steven Downward, Marketing Executive at Hospice, said: ‘SMP have been a great supporter of Hospice for a long time and it was a pleasure to partner with them over the past year both in fundraising and as part of our hugely successful Wallabies Gone Wild project.

This is an amazing amount of money and every penny raised or hour volunteered makes a huge difference to the services we provide to our patients, their families, and their carers. Each year, we need to fundraise over £4.5 million towards our annual £5 million-plus running costs. Donations and partnerships like our partnership with SMP allow us to continue to offer our services free of charge to our patients. Supporting patients to live well their way in a setting of their choice is our primary goal, so we are very grateful to SMP for their continued support.’

Mark Reynolds, Managing Director of SMP’s Isle of Man office, said: ‘We are proud supporters of local ambitions and causes, and our Charity of the Year represents a key opportunity for us to give something back to the Island’s community.

We are incredibly proud of our staff for helping us raise such a fantastic sum of money and for all their volunteering and assistance in making the Wallabies Gone Wild trail such a success last year. Hospice is an incredible charity. The work they do is invaluable, whether it be their community nursing, well-being, palliative care, or simply the volume of fundraising activities they perform to meet their requirements. It is a charity which will touch everyone directly or indirectly at some stage in their lives, and we are privileged in being able to help them to continue their vital work.’

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