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Pearson rounds off the Year with Charitable Christmas Cheer

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2020 has been a difficult year for all charities, particularly hospices and foodbanks. We are thrilled to be finishing the year with a fantastic £2.5K donation to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and a huge delivery of food to the Oldham Foodbank worth over £600.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is a charity close to our hearts so when it comes to charitable giving they come high up on the priority list along with the Oldham Foodbank who are regular recipients of ours.

The pandemic has had a huge impact leaving both charities struggling for funds:  it’s taken a financial toll on the Hospice particularly as they were forced to cancel all their fundraising events and close shops for periods of time, whilst the Oldham Foodbank has experienced a massive surge in demand for its services since March.

Joanne Ormston, Practice Manager and Partner at Pearson Solicitors in Oldham said, “We’ve worked closely with Dr Kershaw’s Hospice over a number of years, so it’s a natural step to provide a monetary donation to support the work they do in our town. Many of our staff have benefitted from the services of the hospice; sadly even in the last few days some of the team’s families have received support from the Hospice at Home team.

Pearson Solicitors in Oldham donating £2500 to Dr Kershaw's Hospice

Thank you from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

Expressing her thanks for the support we offer, Rebecca Bentham, Director of Income Development and Marketing at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice said, “The support we receive from our community is vital for providing essential care services to patients and families from the Borough of Oldham. This generous donation from the team at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers helps directly in providing patients with compassionate and dignified care at the end of their life.  We are so very grateful that they hold the care of their community so close to their hearts.”

Bridget Batty, Communications Manager for Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers who organised the Foodbank delivery said, “Speaking to the foodbank in advance of the collection we were saddened to hear that one of the priorities at the moment was the need for dried goods such as Pot Noodles and Cuppa Soups due to the living arrangements of some of the Oldham Foodbanks recipients who only have access to a kettle and hot water.

Amongst the delivery trays were everyday goods such as sugar, teabags, rice, pasta and tinned goods, Christmas treats such as selection boxes, mince pies and tins of chocolates were included too.”

Pearson Solicitors donating £600 worth of food to the Oldham Foodbank

Gratitude from the Oldham Foodbank

Father Tom Davis, Chair of Trustees for the Oldham Foodbank said, “Without your kind generosity these people simply wouldn’t get fed.  Asking for food is really hard for people. I’ve known of cases where mothers go without in order to feed their children.

The Oldham Foodbank is an essential service in our community. The coronavirus pandemic has hit people hard.  In Oldham, since March we have given food to 16 000 people. This is a 147% increase on what we would give in a normal year so thank you for your generosity,” he added.

As the year has gone on, Father Davis explained that the need for food has changed - people are now accepting food donations due to debt rather than the Covid-19 situation.

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.