Firm pledges to back hospice for coming year

Paul Marlow with the RS team ready for the challenge
Paul Marlow with the RS team ready for the challenge

A town’s biggest employer is to partner a charity which provides a vital service for the community.

RS Components in Corby is supporting Lakelands Hospice, in Butland Road, for the coming year.

To seal the partnership, 17 members of the firm’s My Community fundraising group visited the hospice to find out more about the care it provides for patients with life-limiting illnesses. During the visit the team presented Lakelands with an initial donation of £2,450.

Francesco Lo Presti, marketing account manager at RS and deputy chairman of the company’s My Community team, said: “Visiting Lakelands really brought home how important it is for us to do what we can to support the outstanding work the organisation does.

“RS was proud to present an initial donation of £2,450 and is looking forward to partnering with Lakelands in the coming year, supporting fundraising initiatives such as the Strictly Come Dancing event in October.”

The visitors were shown round the complex by Lakelands community fundraiser Paul Marlow.

He said: “The hospice is a very special and unique place. Patients are treated with respect and compassion and we help them lead as normal a life as possible, for as long as possible. Whether it’s giving counselling when they are having a bad day, or providing massage or a hypnotherapy treatment to control their symptoms, our objective is to ensure patients have a positive experience from their visits here.

“As a non-funded organisation, we rely solely on donations such as the one received from RS which enables us to provide the specialist nursing care and facilities for use by patients within Corby and the surrounding area.”

Lakelands provides a range of facilities for patients and their families, including a Hospice at Home care service.

Corby actor Brendan Coyle, one of the stars of hit television drama series Downton Abbey, became a patron of the charity last year.