Colleagues from Llanberis based firm have shown their support for local hospice care and have chosen St David’s Hospice as their Charity of the Year.
(Sister Katie Marsh and Dr George Kurian)
Staff from Siemens Healthineers have started to plan a year fundraising activity and as part of their support have recently donated five picnic benches to the end-of-life charity, which will be used at the hospice sites across Northwest Wales and at fundraising events.
The benches are not your usual wooden benches but have been created from recycled plastic lumber. Siemens’ plastic waste is reprocessed and used to create the eco-friendly benches. Each bench uses at least 3250 plastic packages which have been saved from landfill or incineration.
Site Communication and Administration Lead at Siemens Debra Drake, said:
“The site is incredibly proud to raise funds for such an important service in North Wales. Furthermore, being involved in this initiative of converting our plastic waste into useful benches is something to be proud of. Well done to all involved. “
St David’s Hospice, a local charity, provides specialist care for adults with life-limiting illnesses from across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey. Annually it costs over £5 million to run St David’s Hospice, just 9% of the funding is received from the Welsh Government and Local Health Board, the remainder is raised by the local community giving through voluntary donations, fundraising, retail shops and gift in Wills.
Keri McKie, St David’s Area Fundraiser for Gwynedd and Anglesey said:
“Covid has presented so many challenges for the charity over the past year, but with the kind help from our local community, we are determined to continue our support and care for those with life limiting illnesses. We are extremely grateful to the staff at Siemens for nominating us as their Charity of the Year and to have received the donation of benches – thank you!”