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The Men's Shed supporting Zoe's Place!

Posted on: 
14th May 2019

Zoe’s Place announced they need to close their doors two days a week due to lack of funding!

Zoe’s Place is the UK’s only dedicated hospice service for babies and young children up to their sixth birthday, is facing uncertain times after a change in funding for respite care.

Crossbeck House in Normanby, Middlesbrough currently has 30 babies and children receiving urgent nursing care in their ‘home from home’ environment and has cared for over 350 children since opening in 2004.

General Manager Mark Guidery said:  

“the impact of the cuts would not only be that the hospice would be unable to offer emergency respite for families, but that further cuts to its services may need to be made.”

As they embark on this gruelling fundraising journey one of their fund-raising initiatives called for the use of tombolas.

Tombolas are generally made from wood, our Men’s Shed are very good with wood and the shedders knew they could help! They put on their aprons, picked up their tools, popped the kettle on and got to work

The project was a simple one but one that was close to their hearts, being residents of Middlesbrough themselves they were saddened to hear of the heart-breaking news that Zoes’ Place was to close their doors!

One shedder said:

“This closure cannot happen; these kids need our help”

Christine Garcia (CEO) added:

“Let’s hope our small act can help save this critical local resource”

You could help too?

Zoe’s Place needs to raise 1.5 million pounds a year to carry on providing their vital service, many people and businesses already donate what they can via a one-off payment, monthly payment or fundraising initiatives within the community.

We would like to urge all our supporters to donate something if they can, you can click the donate button below and donate via PayPal or by Credit/Debit card.

To keep up to date with all the latest news from Zoe’s Place you can like their page on Facebook Or read more on their website: www.zoes-place.org.uk

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