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by | Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | News

Livewell Southwest has pledged to donate funds to St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, by teaming up with Pennies from Heaven, the UK’s largest workplace micro giving scheme.

Pennies from Heaven is a social enterprise supporting UK charities via its scheme where organisations choose a charity and encourage their employees to donate their pennies to worthwhile causes.

Livewell Southwest is the social enterprise delivering integrated health and social care in Plymouth and parts of South Hams and West Devon and on Social Enteprise Day (19 November) is proud to be pledging it’s support to St Luke’s Hospice.

From this month (November) people at Livewell have the opportunity to sign up to this voluntary scheme, which would see  their salary rounded down to the nearest pound, with the pennies donated to St Luke’s. Small change really makes a big difference.

Dawn Slater, Director of People and Professionalism at Livewell Southwest said: “As a social enterprise we’re committed to continually deliver better care to the communities we serve. With this is mind, the Pennies from Heaven scheme is a fantastic opportunity to support a local charity, and one which helps so many local families at such a difficult time.

“2020 has been a year like no other. Many charities, including St Luke’s Hospice have struggled to fundraise during COVID, lots of events and activities have been cancelled to ensure people are safe.

“I want to say thank you to my colleagues at Livewell Southwest, who’ll be donating their extra pennies to a charity that does such fantastic work.”

One in 10 UK charities are facing bankruptcy by the end of the year as they struggle to cope with a £10bn shortfall caused by soaring demand for their services and lost fundraising income due to the coronavirus pandemic, a study shows , and as a social enterprise, Livewell is determined to do its bit for our local communities. We work closely with St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, an independent charity providing specialist advice and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall. They believe that everyone deserves quality end of life care, no matter where.

Steve Statham, Chief Executive Officer, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, said: “On behalf of all of us at St Luke’s – and the many local families who receive our compassionate care – I want to thank the big-hearted staff at our partner organisation Livewell Southwest for choosing us the beneficiary of your contribution to the Pennies from Heaven scheme.

“I am touched that despite there being many other charities also under huge extra pressure due to loss of income caused by the pandemic, you chose St Luke’s. We don’t take your support for granted and it is so appreciated – you are helping us ensure that our community remains a kinder place for people living and dying with terminal illness.”

You can find out more about the Pennies from Heaven scheme, click here.

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