Kay looks forward to secondment role
For the past five years she has been a familiar face at both the Ramsgate and Broadstairs branches of Asda but now Kay Smith, community life champion is being seconded for the next six months to Pilgrims Hospice in Thanet as its fundraising and marketing assistant.
In 2008, Kay was one of 22 Asda colleagues from across the UK asked to help establish the new community life champion role for all Asda stores. The retailer now has counterparts in all of its 550 stores across the country who between them have been instrumental in raising more than £8m over the last 12 months for local causes.
Kay said: “I’m really looking forward to my secondment to Pilgrims. It’s a charity that’s close to the hearts of many people in the area who have been affected by its work with people who have a life-limiting illness – or they know someone who has.
“I’d also like to sincerely thank my employer, Asda, for allowing me the opportunity to take on this role. Asda appreciates more than most the important work local organisations such as Pilgrims Hospices undertake, as is evident by the support generated through its Community Life initiative. To let me support the hospice full time is a wonderful gesture and there will be a new community life champion picking up my duties for the next six months.
Kay’s role will see her becoming involved in a range of Pilgrims fundraising events including its Tri-Hospice cycle challenge on Sunday 5 May, It’s A Knockout tournament at Minster on Saturday 1 June, the Thanet hospice summer fair on Saturday 20 July and the Starlight Stroll in Broadstairs on Friday 2 August.
It costs more than £10 million a year to provide all of the charity’s services across east Kent and much of that money is generously donated by the communities it serves. Only 25 per cent of its funding comes from the Government – and that figure is reviewed each year.
In the past 12 months, Pilgrims Hospices has provided free care for more than 2,300 people at its sites in Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford. This includes care given to patients in their own homes and at community outreach groups across east Kent. The figure is a rise of 14 per cent over the previous year.
Further information about Pilgrims Hospices and its fundraising events can be found by visiting its website www.pilgrimshospices.org