Workers’ £15,000 boost for charities

Aegon staff did a car wash to raise thousands of pounds for three charities.
Aegon staff did a car wash to raise thousands of pounds for three charities.

GENEROUS employees donned their jeans and cooked up a storm in the kitchen to help save lives.

Staff at Aegon, on Ballam Road, in Lytham, have raised an impressive £15,000 – with £5,000 set to go towards life-saving charity the North West Air Ambulance.

A second £5,000 will go towards Bispham-based Trinity Hospice’s new Hospice@Home service, while the final sum will be given to Aegon’s national charity Help for Heroes.

The cash was raised through dress-down days, a car wash, bake sales and raffles, and Aegon’s Lytham employees raised £7,500 – which was then matched by Aegon.

Michael Baker, head of Lytham customer service, said: “It’s impressive how our employees have dug deep and put an immense amount of work into ensuring another successful year of fundraising activity. Aegon is pleased to match the amount raised by their hard effort.

“We are delighted to be able to contribute to three worthwhile charities, which do such valuable work within our community.”

Trinity Hospice has described Aegon’s donation as “vitally important”, and said it will also be used to support neighbouring Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Jane Molyneux, the hospice’s fund-raising director, said: “We are looking to expand our services with a pilot Hospice@ Home service, which will allow us to care for people in their own homes.

“The donation from Aegon will help support this pilot scheme.

“Both our adult and children’s services come at a cost of nearly £7m per year, of which nearly £5m comes from the community.

“Our care is free to those who need it but it is not free to provide.”

Help for Heroes is the company’s charity of the year.

CEO Bryn Parry said they were “thrilled” to have been chosen and the money was “greatly needed” to help wounded soldiers.