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A BIRMINGHAM distribution company has donated more than PS17,000 to the city's John Taylor Hospice after a year of fundraising.

The PS17,586.86 donation, presented to the Erdington hospice by staff at Connect Distribution, brings the company's total gift to nearly PS40,000.

Connect, based at Small Heath Business Park, has designated John Taylor Hospice as its charity of the year for the past two years.

Over that period staff have joined together for a whole host of money-raising events.

From doughnut sales to skydives, pub quizzes to raffles and football tournaments to donations in lieu of Christmas cards, the company's more than 600 staff have been working hard to support the hospice.

They have fielded teams in the Birmingham Half Marathon, The Sutton Fun Run and joined in the fun at John Taylor Hospice's It's a Knockout contest last summer.

And the company's buy-spares division has raised an additional PS4,000 through the Pennies charity which encourages buyers to donate their penny change to the hospice.

Company training manager Paul Renhard said: "We try to organise different events to appeal to different people. It has really grown over the past two years. We were raising around PS6,000 for charity but we have collected around three times that this year. We have really learned that the more different kinds of events we hold the more we can raise."

The company's fundraising efforts have grown so much that from next year they will be taking on an additional charity to benefit from their efforts.

"We are raising so much more now and the directors have said they will match fund next year so we feel we will have enough to benefit not just John Taylor Hospice but another organisation as well," said Paul.

"My family has supported John Taylor for a few years as they looked after my mum Kathy Day. She was in the Hospice for about 15 days before she died in 2008," said Caroline.

"You don't realise until you need the Hospice just how much it does. It was only when mum was there that I realised what it was really like. So when they asked for nominations for charities at work I said John Taylor and it was chosen."

Staff at the Hospice gratefully received the donations.

"We have built a wonderful relationship with Connect and its staff over the last two years," said John Taylor Hospice communications officer Diane Parkes. "It has been great that they have been so involved in our activities and that they are also feeling the benefits of becoming part of John Taylor Hospice."

For more information on investing in John Taylor Hospice see www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk or contact the Community Investment Crew on 0121 465 2000.

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Big pull: Connect's Repaircare.co.uk team at It's a Knockout. From left, Aimie Murray, Anna Simonite, Beth Whittick and Pete Demetriou. Right: Connect design assistant Charly Bartoszewicz, Connect assistant accountant Caroline Day, Connect training manager Paul Renhard, JTH sister Katie Strain and JTH staff nurse Harriet Creedy with the cheque for PS17,000.

Going rafting: Sam White, James Howard-Dobson and Nikki Murray, all from eSpares, a division of Connect.
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