HomeServe’s National Charity Manager Sarah Palmer, with HomeServe HR Director John Wrighthouse, Marie Curie Nurse, Karen Evans and HomeServe Membership CEO Martin Bennett.

HomeServe celebrates donating £1.5million to Marie Curie and extends charity partnership for a further three years

Posted 15 August 2014 8:35 AM by Mark Round

HomeServe, one of the UK’s leading home assistance providers, today announced that it has now donated £1.5 million to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

To date, the Walsall-based company and Walsall’s largest private employer, has raised £656,000 in cash, to fund the equivalent of 34 Marie Curie nurses for a year. The company has also provided £844,000 retail value worth of free insurance cover through its Patient Policy - which gives Marie Curie patients and their families’ peace of mind with free help for home emergencies.

Marie Curie has been supported by HomeServe since the partnership launched in 2010. Marie Curie nurses provide free hands-on care and support for people who are terminally ill and their families, in their own homes and the charity’s hospices.

HomeServe Membership Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Martin Bennett said: “We’re incredibly proud to have donated £1.5 million to Marie Curie through business donations, staff fundraising and volunteering and by providing free home assistance to patients - which is set to continue. We have an excellent relationship with Marie Curie and we’re looking forward to working with them over the next three years.”

There are 74 Marie Curie Nurses working in the West Midlands, looking after people in their own homes. In addition, The Marie Curie Hospice located in Solihull in the West Midlands, also offers free specialist medical care for those with serious illnesses, whether someone comes in to stay or visits regularly, giving them the best possible quality of life.

HomeServe today also announced it is extending its partnership with Marie Curie for a further three years along with the extension of the Patient Policy. The money raised helps the charity’s nurses to care for terminally ill patients at home. In addition, the support of HomeServe’s engineers carrying out free jobs gives patients one less thing to worry about, knowing that household repairs are looked after.

Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie, said: “We are extremely pleased that HomeServe has chosen to continue to support Marie Curie as its charity partner for the next three years. HomeServe’s fundraising has helped us deliver care to our terminally ill patients and support for their loved ones at a time when they need it most. Their free Patient Policy is a great example of the partnership providing real practical support and solutions for patients and their families. Keeping patients as comfortable and stress free as possible is so important and HomeServe engineers ensure that they have peace of mind, knowing that home maintenance and emergencies are taken care of. I look forward to sharing the next three years of this wonderful partnership with HomeServe.”