Treetops Hospice Care are delighted to hear that residential property developer, Barratt Homes North Midlands Division, has chosen the hospice as their Charity of the Year 2019.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting conditions living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The hospice supports over 1,800 people each year along with their families and carers. All  services are provided free of charge.

We never thought we’d be in the situation where we’d use their services

Treetops was nominated in the annual staff vote by partnerships manager Jack Donnelly, 33yrs from Long Eaton, whose late wife Suzie received complementary therapy from the hospice:

“Suzie had had cancer but had been going for regular check-ups and getting the all clear. But in September 2017, it transpired that the cancer had come back and spread to other parts of her body.

“Everything happened so quickly. That December we were told it was terminal and she sadly passed away three weeks later.

“Suzie was an amazing wife, she was so special, sweet and kind. We were planning our future, that’s one of the saddest parts of it. To be told that gut-wrenching news that the cancer had returned, it was the cruellest and saddest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. For the family, losing Suzie has been completely heart breaking”.

“I knew a bit about Treetops before, and what hospices did, but we never thought we’d be in the situation where we’d use their services. But you need help when you’re dealing with what we had to deal with.

They know how important the hospice was for Suzie and me

“A Treetops nurse rang and explained all the help they could offer. Suzie’s health had deteriorated and we didn’t want her to walk long distances so one of the complementary therapists came and gave her a massage at home. That was the biggest smile we managed to get out of her all over Christmas – one of the last times I saw a genuine smile and for her to enjoy something.

“Treetops offered more – for a Hospice at Home nurse to come and sit with her at night – but Suzie just didn’t have more time.

“When the Charity of the Year nominations came up, lots of people came to me and suggested I nominate Treetops as they know how important the hospice was for Suzie and me.”

With over 90 employees in the North Midlands Division, an internal charity committee made up of staff members will be coordinating their fundraising plans for the year ahead. Ideas include donations from dress-down Fridays, office cake bakes, beard shaves and organising and taking part in off-site challenges. Staff can also take a day’s paid annual leave in which to do either voluntary work or a fundraising activity.

Every single penny raised from this partnership will make a huge difference

Laura McWha, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Treetops said:

“We are very excited to be working with such a passionate group of employees that want to support their local hospice, as it is a cause so close to their hearts.

“It is encouraging to hear the motivation of the staff as they were inspired by the care and support we offer here at Treetops.

“Every single penny raised from this partnership will make a huge difference and we cannot wait to work with the team at Barratt Homes. A big Treetops thank you for choosing to support us.”

Treetops services include Support and Information, Wellbeing Space, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.