Volunteers from Barclays and Midas have been giving valuable support to Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care over the last two weeks.  Both have given staff time away from their day jobs to take on a number of roles at the charity. The Barclays team were marking their ‘Make a Difference Day’ that runs throughout October.


The Barclays initiative was set up to help communities that live and work in Cornwall. Last week (Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October) the bank provided around 50 employees to help the charity.  Some were based at the Cornwall Hospice Care warehouse in Holmbush, St Austell, while others helped in the Redruth Warehouse in Chapel Street.  A pop-up charity shop was also run in the Truro Barclays, donation bins have been placed at several other branches and volunteers will also be helping with garden projects at Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s hospices.


While volunteering in the Warehouse at Holmbush in St Austell, the Barclays staff were visited by Martin French, Barclays Managing Director, South West & South Wales Region, who praised the link between the bank and the charity;


“It’s a real privilege for us to help a local charity like Cornwall Hospice Care and for us to be able to give something back to the community. It’s also a perfect opportunity for us to find out more about the work of the hospices. We have all learnt so much, correcting some of the common misconceptions that many of us have and understanding just what goes on behind the scenes to raise the money the charity needs.”      


The Barclay’s organiser was Karen Hurn;


“We are delighted to have supported Cornwall Hospice Care and would like to thank the charity and the 50 Barclays colleagues who helped to make this happen. Barclays are also delighted with the amount of over £10,000 raised for the charity during Make A Difference Day. Alongside our five million Young Futures commitment, Barclays has a fantastic community investment programme that encourages employees to get involved in the causes we care about. It’s about giving back our skills, time and energy to support our local communities – so we’re thrilled to have taken part.”


Organising the support from Midas Construction was Tessa Purdy, Business Development Co-ordinator;


“The Midas team had a great time helping out in the warehouse for Cornwall Hospice Care! The team of employees and volunteers there do an absolutely fantastic job and we came away feeling like we had really made a difference. Midas is committed to supporting the communities which it work in, so this was a really fun project and we were delighted to be able to support such a deserving local charity.”

Every year, The Midas Group hosts dozens of voluntary projects across the South West as part of its Community Engagement Week drive.


Karen Murrish is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Corporate Fundraising Manager;


“This has been a brilliant way to link up with some of our corporate supporters and it’s been good to see them getting involved in such a hands-on way.  The volunteers have sorted through bags of donated goods and helped us prepare furniture for selling. They all deserve a huge thank you for joining in with such spirit and humour and for working so hard.”


Cornwall Hospice Care is always looking for corporate support for the charity, whether it be the gift of time, help with fundraising activities or perhaps joining one of the charity’s special workplace initiatives.  Further details can be obtained via Karen Murrish on 01726 66868 or by email at kmurrish@cornwallhospice.co.uk