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Lakes Bathrooms’ big donation helps hospice’s Big 40 appeal

Lakes Bathrooms has donated £15,000 to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, which will mean every single patient bedroom gets brand new hand washing facilities.

The donation by the Tewkesbury-based company was made in memory of the firm's founder Robin Craddock, who was cared for at the hospice.

The 16 bed unit in Cheltenham gives expert hospice care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for people in the county living with cancer, lung disease, heart failure and neurological conditions. The unit is housed in a Grade II listed Cotswold manor house first purchased by Lady Ryder 40 years ago.

To continue providing care in a home from home environment which meets the care standards of today, the charity needs to urgently invest in refurbishing the unit. It estimates this could cost £110,000, which is why the Big 40 appeal was launched.

Elise Hoadley, hospice director of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: "Refurbishing the unit by replacing flooring, completely redecorating, adding new electric points and installing new hand washing facilities will mean we can continue providing a warm and welcoming place for Gloucestershire residents to come and receive our specialist care. We are so very grateful to Lakes Bathrooms for their very generous donation, which means we can go ahead and install new hand washing facilities in every single patient bedroom here."

Bev Brown, managing director of Lakes Bathrooms, said: "We were delighted to make a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court following the exceptional care that they provided to Robin Craddock, our beloved chairman and founder, in his last days.

"The staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court couldn't have been more caring, kind and supportive to both Robin and his family. His family were so pleased to have somewhere beautiful to visit and with such wonderful staff.

"Robin would have been so proud that his much loved company was able to make a significant donation that will improve facilities for other families in the future and to help to raise awareness of this amazing place, so that it may continue to be an enormous help to so many in Gloucestershire."

For more information on the appeal and to donate visit 

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