Nottinghamshire Police visit Sutton hospice after charity vote

A hospice in Sutton which provides specialist palliative end-of-life care has been visited by Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable for the first time since being voted to receive all-important funding and support from the force.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:21 am

Following nominations and a force-wide vote, John Eastwood Hospice Trust, in Mansfield Road, Sutton, was chosen as the 2021-22 Chief Constable's Charity, accumulating 24 per cent of the votes.

During his visit Chief Constable Craig Guildford met with the CEO of the trust, Sharon Williams, to discuss how the force can support the work of the hospice.

Each year, the force nominates a charity within Nottinghamshire to support officers and staff get involved and raise money, giving something back to the communities they serve, and make a difference for a local charity that supports the surrounding communities.

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Chief Constable Craig Guildford and CEO of John Eastwood Hospice Trust, Sharon Williams

This means that, over the course of the next year, the hospice will receive the proceeds of the force's fundraising efforts, and all money raised will contribute towards their £550,000 a-year running costs to maintain the building, and improve services to support patients and their families.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "John Eastwood Hospice do some incredibly important work, providing specialist palliative care to local residents. The hospice provides such a valued service to the community ensuring that people are looked after during what is an incredibly emotional and vulnerable time for them and their loved ones.

"It was fantastic to be able to visit the hospice for the first time since they were voted as Chief’s Charity, and having spoken with Sharon and the team I’m really looking forward to the force working with them over the course of the next year”.

“We will be coming up with some great fundraising ideas and events, COVID permitting of course, and having seen for myself now the impact that the hospice has on its residents and their families, the money we raise will no doubt make a big difference to the lives of so many people."

CEO of John Eastwood Hospice Trust Sharon Williams said: “We look forward to working with Nottinghamshire Police over the next year. This support and any money raised will make a huge difference to the experiences of patients and families using our hospice services."