The support from Ridgeway’s nine dealerships across Oxfordshire, which represent Audi, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Jaguar, SKODA and Maserati, comes as Sobell House kicks off a campaign to raise an ambitious target of £4m in four years, to mark its 40th anniversary next year.
The hospice, based at the city’s Churchill Hospital, provides specialist palliative care and support to approximately 3,000 adult patients and their families each year across the county.
Diane Gardner, Chief Executive of Sobell House Charity, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Ridgeway on board particularly as it’s a special time for us as we approach our 40th anniversary. “Ridgeway’s support is vital to the future of Sobell House. Each year we have to raise £1.6m to ensure the care for families in Oxfordshire is maintained. As we celebrate our 40th year we’re setting ourselves an even bigger, long-term target, of raising an additional £4m over the next four years. “The partnership with Ridgeway offers us a meaningful stream of funding that will help in our quest to secure the expansion of our services in order to meet the demand for hospice care across Oxfordshire.”
With Ridgeway as its new corporate sponsor Sobell House can begin reaching more people and taking its care where the need is greatest. A new team of specialist nurses will be recruited to work across all four hospitals in the county while also providing training and education to hospital staff in caring for people at the end of their lives.
The partnership will also help Sobell House broaden its fundraising appeal and communicate to new audiences. With a large database of contacts in Oxfordshire, Ridgeway is the perfect corporate sponsor to help Sobell House convey its message to the community.
Ridgeway are delighted to announce Sobell House as their Charity of the Year following a personal experience that enabled them to value the end of life care that this region has to offer.
David Newman, Ridgeway’s Chairman says: “Sobell House is a charity which reaches out and touches a whole community and that’s something which stood out for us. “My wife Kate and I have had personal experience of terminal illness in a community where, sadly, there was no offer of specialist end of life care or support for the family.”
Kate Newman, Director, adds: “Many people in Oxfordshire will have heard of Sobell House but are unlikely to be aware of the care it offers to families experiencing a difficult time. We are hoping to change that and help, not just financially, but also by talking to our extensive Oxfordshire network. “Sobell House is a beacon of hope and one that everyone should have access to in their hour of need. We hope that our commitment for the next year can help raise the profile of Sobell House and encourage more charitable support to secure its future in our county.”
In addition to its corporate sponsorship, the 300 members of staff from all of Ridgeway’s Oxfordshire dealerships also plan to hold a diary of events over the year to help Sobell House raise its target.
About Sobell House
Sobell House’s mission is to enrich the lives of our patients and those who love and care for them in the communities in which we operate across Oxfordshire.
Each year Sobell House cares for around 3000 people at home, in our Day Centre or Inpatient Unit and on the wards of our main hospitals. The focus of the care is centred on the patient’s needs at this particular moment in time with the aim of making the present moment as good as it can be for the patient, their friends and relatives.
The help that we give patients takes one of many forms, from pain management, pastoral care, advice with accessing financial help and practical guidance with maintaining independence.
Sobell House is an NHS-run hospice supported by its own charity. Sixty per cent of the £4m annual budget comes from the NHS and the remaining is generated through fundraising and trading through our charity shops.
Our vision is to offer high quality end of life care to all those who need it in Oxfordshire. Our aim, over the next 5-10 years, is to build the necessary infrastructure to deliver more direct care both in the hospice, the home, the community and our main hospitals; to provide more education and training for health and social care professionals who deliver a lot of end of life care and develop a network of carers and volunteers capable of alleviating the stress of those with a terminal illness and the bereaved, where they live.