Benenden goes purple for Porchlight
Staff at Benenden Hospital dressed in purple and held a balloon-popping tombola today (Friday) to raise more than £200 for homeless charity Porchlight.
They wore the corporate colour of the private hospital for a £1 donation to the Canterbury-based cause which also supports vulnerable and isolated people in Kent.
And they paid another £1 each to pop three balloons in a “pop-tastic” tombola for their chosen Charity of the Year.
Prizes included a day’s annual leave, an overnight visit to the hospital’s head office in York, Prosecco, cakes and chocolates.
In total, staff raised £250 for Porchlight which relies on fundraising and donations to help nearly 5,000 people every year.
They have also donated food and toiletries for welcome packs at the charity’s hostels and are planning a sponsored sleepout next month (November 30th).
Hospital Director Jane Abbott will be among more than 20 employees who will be camping outside the hospital.
She said: “Benenden Hospital is proud to support such a worthy local cause and help shine a light on the amazing work they do to help people with nowhere to go and no-one to turn to.”
The number of people sleeping rough in Kent has doubled in the past three years and Porchlight helps adults and children with housing, education and employment and their mental health and wellbeing.