Local hospice wins Tesco retail unit after public support

Hospice at Home team from Lincoln North celebrate the Tesco win

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice wins Tesco unit worth £45,000 after winning a public vote

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has won the ‘Yours for a Year’ competition worth £45,000, beating off opposition from two other Lincolnshire charities, before winning a public vote.

The Lincolnshire hospice has won a unit at Tesco’s new Wragby Road site rent free for one year. The charity has been campaigning to win the coveted prize since January 2014, when they successfully answered a brief about how they would create job opportunities for young people aged 16 and 25 in Lincoln, before being shortlisted for the public vote.

Phil Brandon, Commercial Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the ‘Yours for a Year’ competition and would like to thank our supporters and the Lincolnshire public for getting behind our bid and taking the time to vote for us.

“The opportunity to run a retail unit in such a prominent location will be a real benefit to our organisation and the people we care for. The unit is worth a potential £50,000 in annual income which would allow us to care and support a greater number of people across Lincolnshire.”

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is a local independent charity caring for over 6,000 people a year who are seriously ill and living with a life-limiting illness. The organisation provides specialised care through an 11 bed inpatient unit, day therapy centres and bereavement support.

Phil said: “This opportunity means that not only can we assist more families in making the most of every second they have together but we can also directly impact the young people in our society. It will be our aim to assist the young people of Lincoln back into the work place by encouraging younger volunteers and working closely alongside the education services to support young people in retail apprenticeships.

Phil concludes: “Our organisation is thirty-two years old and we have been fortunate throughout that time to receive amazing support from our community and winning this public vote is testament to that. We are looking forward to seeing our supporters in our new store when it opens shortly. We really couldn’t have done it without the public and it is with their help that we are able to continue our care throughout Lincolnshire.”

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