First Manchester hospice donation

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Drivers from First in Manchester have donated over £10,000 to a Bury hospice campaign.

The donation from the company’s charity committee was handed over after operations worker Derek Sorah suggested to the Building a New Hospice for Bury as a worthwhile cause because the hospice had cared for his father five years previously.

Derek said: “As soon as I heard Bury Hospice was raising money to build a new hospice I approached the charitable committee and asked if they would consider making a £5,000 donation. Not only did they say yes, but they doubled the amount.

“Many of the drivers have also had family members who have been looked after by the hospice and we see this as an opportunity to give something back to the community. It is such a worthy cause to support.”

Claire Warner, director of fundraising for Bury Hospice, added: “It was fantastic to receive such a generous amount from the bus drivers at First Manchester. We are delighted the company decided to support us.

“Many local businesses are helping us to achieve our fundraising target, and we now have just more than £400,000 to go.”