Why We Choose to Support Ashgate Hospice

Known for our charitable work, MVIS is a company that cares about the community. We are lucky enough to be able to show our support within our community by sponsoring locally run clubs such as Matlock Town Football Club. For the past two years though, we have been pushing to support a local charity that has suffered more than most, Ashgate Hospice.

Ashgate Hospice is a charity that provides compassionate, specialist palliative and end-of-life care, free of charge, to patients with a life-limiting illness and their families across North Derbyshire. The Hospice vision is that everyone in North Derbyshire with a life-limiting illness, and the people important to them, can enjoy every moment together and die comfortably and with dignity.

Recently, Anne, Ben A and Ben K were all at Ashgate to discuss future support opportunities, and they found it to be a very humbling experience. The amount of money they need for just one week to support a patient is immense, so every little bit that we raise really does help. They were also told about Kimberley’s story, a young widow whose husband was admitted to Ashgate Hospice in the final months of his life following a three-year battle with bladder cancer. 

It’s an extremely sad story but it’s also one that is incredibly moving and highlights how important the care that Ashgate Hospice provides is. Thanks to the support from Ashgate, Kimberley’s husband, Andrew, was able to pass peacefully with his wife of 26 years sitting by his side. 

It’s for reasons like this that we are motivated to think of new ways to raise funds and support Ashgate Hospice. We are very proud of the fact that we have a fantastic team here at MVIS and Bartco UK who are always willing to get involved with charity work. We’re currently in the middle of our charity Bake Off competition, but this year we’ve stepped it up a bit with more weeks and more rounds. We sent out Kimberley and Andrew’s story for our staff to read, and it really hit home with them as to why it is so important that we continue to support Ashgate Hospice. We know that finding the motivation on a Sunday night to bake can be tough, but it’s clear how big a difference it can make. 

Andrew is just one of the thousands of patients each year that Ashgate Hospice cares for. In order for that to continue, it’s imperative that they receive support from the local community and local businesses like us. If you’d like to find out how you can support them too, please visit their website and help make a difference. 

Anne Ashman, UK Group Commercial and Operations Director comments, “We are proud of the part that we have played in supporting Ashgate Hospice over the last few years. Going to visit them and hearing about Kimberley’s story makes each fundraising activity that we have done even more rewarding and we are determined to increase our support next year. Ashgate is an integral part of the community, so it’s important that we continue to support them the best that we can.”