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International grocer bags up a cash boost for Grimsby’s hospice

Global food exporter Ramsden International has donated £3,000 to help make each day count at St Andrew's Hospice.

International grocer bags up a cash boost for Grimsby’s hospice

Staff at the firm made a unanimous decision to support the charity through the regional Making A Difference Locally (MADL) fund. It costs about £3,000 a day to run the hospice, in Peaks Lane, Grimsby, which provides free care for adults and children with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Ramsden International is proud to be a locally-run organisation, having been exporting traditional British grocery products since 1970. It has customers in more than 130 countries and is a major employer in North East Lincolnshire.

Chief executive Sean Ramsden said: "As a family business firmly rooted in the Grimsby area, Ramsden International is delighted to support St Andrew's Hospice and the valuable work it does. We hope to continue our partnership together in the future."

Its main supplier of the products it sells is Scunthorpe-based Nisa, which is owned by its members, of which Ramsden is one. Nisa works with its suppliers to negotiate funds for its charity, MADL, which supports a variety of local good causes.

St Andrew's Hospice has been chosen by Ramsden employees as the first beneficiary of the fund.

Explaining how the money will benefit the hospice, ZaZa Warren, Fundraising Team Leader, said: "Hospice care is holistic, which means the entire well-being of the person being cared for – and their family and friends – is considered. It really is a home-from-home, offering 24-hour care, seven days a week. There are no set visiting hours so families and friends can come and go as they please. They can order takeaways and bring in pets, for example, to make their experience as homely as possible.

"Our patients are encouraged to be as independent as possible, and they tell us how they want to be cared for. Our services don't stop there. We provide support and advice at home, offer complementary therapies, family support, a monthly carers' group, counselling and more.

"The hospice really is an amazing place and we rely on the generosity of the communities we support to continue. It costs £4.1-million a year to run and we receive minimal statutory funding, so the £3,000 donation from Ramsdens International really does mean so much, and helps us continue to make each day count for those we look after."

The charity offers free care for adults and children with progressive life-limiting illnesses. Adult patients come predominantly from North East Lincolnshire, while the children's hospice, called Andy's, covers the whole of Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding. About 120 members of staff enable the hospice to provide 24-hour care, and there are 475 volunteers who support all aspects of the hospice.

Jo Clelland has been a nurse at St Andrew's for eight years, and has cared for people for 30 years.

"My job is my baby," she said. "The saying goes that you work to live, but I live to work; it's as simple as that. I love my job. I've looked after people since I was 16 and knew for a long time that I was going to be a nurse.

"Patients here need different care to that in hospitals; we concentrate on the palliative side. When you hear the word 'hospice', don't be frightened. End-of-life care is a very small part of what we do now. The hospice movement has evolved so much since it was established.

"We have a lot of fun and there are a lot of giggles. Many people find it spiritually uplifting here. Patients say we help them through difficult times and enable them to live with their illness in a better way.

"As a team, we support each other all of the time. I love the fact that working here gives me the chance to care one-to-one. We are nurses because we care, and I get a lot of pride out of the fact that we help people."

For more information about the work of St Andrew's and how to get involved, visit To find out more about Ramsden International, visit

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