Energy firm donates £16k to charity started by five Irish nuns

Energy firm donates £16k to charity started by five Irish nuns

THE team at Engie UK have presented St Joseph’s Hospice in London with a cheque for £16,000.

Founded in 1905, the charity, based in Mare Street, Hackney, was originally set up by five Irish nuns, from the Religious Sisters of Charity order.

Today it provides palliative care to those who need it from boroughs across the capital.

Engie UK, a firm specialising in providing energy and regeneration services, came across the charity while carrying out refurbishment works to a number of properties for the London Borough of Hackney.

Engie’s Tony Elliott, whose family hail from Ireland, told The Irish Post: “After being introduced to the hospice we decided to try and raise £50,000 to help pay for this tremendous place.

“We have set up a dedicated just giving page with Virgin called Hard Hat Heroes where all the money is being tracked.”

He added: “Most recently we have completed a Charity Golf Day, where we raised over £16,000.00 for St Joseph’s.

“We presented the cheque to the hospice this week.”

Julia Dawson, Corporate Engagement Manager, St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “Since the start of 2019, the wonderful staff at Engie have been fundraising for St Joseph’s Hospice.

“They have organised a range of events and challenges to suit everyone in the team, including a Golf tournament where they raised an incredible £16,000 and those in their team with a head for heights, scaled the Broadgate Tower, abseiling 240ft.”

She added: “As a charity providing quality palliative care and extensive services to people facing life-limiting and critical illness and having to raise around half of the £15 million needed each year to fund our services, we really couldn’t do it without the support of companies like Engie.

“They really do go above and beyond to raise money so a massive thank you to all at Engie, your support means the world to us and makes a world of difference to our patients.”