West Derby,

A team of volunteers recently visited Claire House Children’s Hospice to lend a helping hand in clearing the orchard and tidy the grounds.
Local hospice garden project

Children and their families at Claire House Children’s Hospice  will soon be able to enjoy an exciting campfire experience, thanks to support from Gallagher. A team of volunteers recently visited the charity’s new hospice in West Derby to lend a helping hand in clearing the orchard and tidy the grounds as part of the charity’s exciting summer garden project.

Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. With a team of trained professionals who provide specialist nursing care and emotional support, the hospice provides a home from home where children can relax and enjoy themselves.

Earlier this year, Gallagher raised almost £9,000 to support the incredible work the hospice does to support children and families in the local community. Gallagher was keen to do more, and visited the hospice to meet with the staff and discuss further ways they could help. The team were tasked with an afternoon of volunteering to help the team at Claire House with some garden and outdoor maintenance at their new site.

Colleagues from Gallagher’s local Liverpool and Chester offices joined forces with senior management from across the UK, including Michael Rea, Chief Executive of UK Retail at Gallagher to support the day's activity. Together, the team cleared the orchard and tidied the grounds for the new outdoor campfire facility, which will offer timber seating, colourful canvas sails, storm lanterns and a wheelchair friendly pathway in a woodland clearing. The project has been carefully designed to provide a magical experience where children and families can gather to sing songs, toast marshmallows and most importantly, make memories.

Stephen Penketh, Regional Managing Director at Gallagher, said: “As a community broker, we are keen to play an active role in our community and work with charities like Claire House, who provide instrumental support to those in need in the local area. After supporting the hospice through fundraising earlier this year, we were thrilled to work with them once again to support their new summer garden project. This facility will help to create happy memories for children and families for many years to come and we were delighted to play a small part in making this new facility possible.