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Stafford’s Katharine House Hospice has taken delivery of a brand new minibus just in time for Christmas, thanks to the generous support of QBE, Tesco and many other funders.

This is the culmination of more than a year of campaigning and is a much sought-after gift for the hospice.

Local employer, QBE Business Insurance, got the ball rolling in spectacular fashion with a £10,000 donation and other funders have helped the hospice reach the £32,000 total needed.

Mark Thomason, QBE Underwriting Manager, said:

“Several of our people have had family members affected by cancer and other illnesses that can’t be cured, so Katharine House is a local charity that is dear to us. As the UK market leader in minibus insurance we are delighted to offer support to such a good cause.”


Trust Fundraiser, Kelly Day, said:

“The new minibus will mainly be used to transport patients from home to the hospice for Day Therapies but also sometimes for other reasons, so this will be of real benefit to our patients. It is certainly not something we could afford to buy without this support and we are grateful also to our kind volunteer drivers who will make the most of this superb new vehicle.

“People forget that about 30 years ago there was no hospice provision in this area at all. No specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Our story began because passionate local people were moved to make a difference. They saw the need for the care we provide, they volunteered and they battled to find the funds and make it happen.

“Today, we still battle daily to raise sufficient funds to maintain and improve our services so that families have somewhere to turn to help them embrace life and living. Our minibuses are a lynchpin of what we offer and it’s paramount for patient safety and comfort that we upgrade them on a timely basis. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped this particular Christmas wish come true.”

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.

 PICTURED: i) QBE’s Mark Thomason and Katharine House Hospice’s Chief Executive, Richard Soulsby

  1. ii) Katharine House Hospice’s Day Therapies staff check out the new wheels