A LEEDS car auction firm has pledged to cover the £40,000 cost of employing a hospice nurse.
The announcement is the latest in a series of fundraising drives carried out by G3 Remarketing in Oulton in support of the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.
Company founder Matt Dale – who has run four marathons and an ultra-marathon to raise funds – is now challenging other businesses to match his offer. He said: “We recently met the fundraising team at the hospice to brainstorm ideas for raising more money.
“They told us what they really need is greater business support – that’s what sparked us to take action and sponsor a nurse.
“What the Prince of Wales Hospice does for our region is fantastic.
“Any money raised goes straight into maintaining and supporting the facility – not towards marketing budgets and executives’ wages. So, we’re calling on other organisations in our region to get involved.
“Who knows? If enough firms get on board, we could end up paying for the whole team’s wages.”
G3 Remarketing – which gave £30,000 to the hospice last year – donates a percentage profit from each vehicle sold.
Laura Bennett, fundraising manager for the hospice, said: “G3 is by far our most generous corporate supporter in the region.
“That means a lot, especially because of the support we have provided to relatives of G3 employees.
“It shows that they are confident in our care and want it to be available for other local people with a life-limiting illness.
“It would be fantastic to see other local companies follow their example.”