OS chooses Southampton charity
6 Jul 2012: Great Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, has announced that it has chosen Southampton Hospital Charity’s Red & White Appeal as its official charity to support during the next 12 months. Last year, staff at Ordnance Survey raised more than £20,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Southampton, which paid for new nurses in the city.
This year's money will help Southampton Hospital fund a new unit for haematology patients in the city. There is currently no dedicated facility for haematology patients who need day care treatments such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions and stem cell collections.
Julie Sellers, a fundraising coordinator at Ordnance Survey, said: “Ordnance Survey is delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile Southampton charity. Our staff have always risen to the challenge in supporting local charities, and this is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people suffering from blood disorders. We hope that the money we raise will help the charity’s aim to build a new unit for patients.
Southampton Hospital Charity’s Director Veryan Grant said: “We are thrilled that Ordnance Survey has picked the Red & White Appeal as its chosen charity for the next 12 months. We cannot raise the funds that we need without the fantastic support of local businesses and the community. With the help of employees at Ordnance Survey and their friends and families, we can make a huge difference to the facilities provided for patients who regularly visit the hospital for life saving treatments.”
Fundraising began recently with a staff quiz raising £500. This will be match funded by Ordnance Survey, which is match-funding the first £2,000 raised by staff.
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