A charity fundraiser to help staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Ashgate Hospicecare has raised more than £7,000
Last weekend local food delivery app City Grab donated it's fees to the charities. Paul Gosney from the company has thanked those who helped them raise the cash.
He said: "The initiative to raise funds for two amazing charities last weekend was unprecedented. We had a record number of orders in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire region. It truly did surpass our expectations and the local people showed fantastic support.
"For all those who got involved, on behalf of the charities, may I say a huge thank you for contributing towards a massive £7,050. Just to read the two notes from each charity gave me goosebumps, I didn't realise what a struggle it is to raise crucial funds at this time."
An Ashgate Hospicecare spokesperson said: "The money raised by City Taxis with the support of our community is just amazing and could not have come at a more crucial time for the Hospice. The £3,525 raised will help us to be there for patients who need us more than ever and at a time when providing that care and support has never been more challenging.
"Whilst our shops are closed and most fundraising activities have ceased, each precious donation that we have receive will go a long way towards ensuring that our staff can continue to look after patients at the end of their life with the compassion and dignity that we believe every person deserves, no matter what their diagnosis."
A spokesperson for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity said: “We cannot thank the citygrab team and City Taxis enough for this amazing donation to our #ProtectYourNHS appeal. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals, local businesses and organisations. We are talking to patients and staff and have some great plans that will make a difference – with health and wellbeing a real focus.
"Many of our patients enjoy outdoor spaces as part of their recovery and we’d like to see more areas on site developed into relaxing, calming spaces. We would also love to build a wellbeing hub on site for hospital staff, to provide both physical and mental health support. This is a large-scale project that could be the first of its kind in the NHS. Thanks to you and citygrab customers we are one step closer to making this dream a reality."