A large insurance broker business in Bournemouth has chosen Forest Holme Hospice as its Charity of the Year to support following an internal vote by employees

Gallagher, which is located in the former Abbey Life building on Holdenhurst Road, has a UK-wide network of more than 70 offices and is headquartered in the US. Its Bournemouth branch incorporates the group’s three locally based businesses – specialists block of flats broker Deacon, over 50s insurance provider Insure4Retirement and Deputy Bond Services.

The company, which has its own Social & Charity Committee, pick a different local charity to support each year from a list of nominations and Forest Holme was chosen as many employees have a personal connection to the Poole-based hospice.

Forest Holme provides end of life care and support to more than 1,000 people each year with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in Dorset. The hospice, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is supported by the charity, who need to raise at least £850,000 each year to help enhance the NHS provision at the hospice and in the community.

James Collins, Managing Director said: “Forest Holme has touched the lives and hearts of many of our employees within the three businesses, so it was a great pleasure that the hospice was not only nominated, but ultimately chosen this year. 

“One of the main reasons that so many colleagues are proud to work for Gallagher is the culture. We actively encourage all employees to get involved in local fund-raising and volunteering activities that mean a lot to them personally and collectively.  In addition to offering every team member three-days volunteering leave each year, the company also runs a ‘matched giving’ scheme, which helps to boost the money raised by matching the funds raised by our employees. We are very much looking forward to our continuing partnership with Forest Holme for the remainder of this year and hope to see the funds increase.”

Paul Tucker, Fundraising Manager at Forest Holme Hospice, said that they are delighted to have this partnership, especially during their 25th anniversary year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been picked by Gallagher as its chosen charity, especially during this special year. The partnership is already thriving with Gallagher targeting a total of £15,000 through Collection Tins, Dress Down Days and a Quiz Night, while a number of staff have bravely put themselves up for a Wing Walk, with plenty more fundraising events and activities still to come.

“We look forward to working together to raise vital funds to ensure that these essential services are there for future patients and their families during the most difficult time of their lives.”

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