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Higos helps Jessie May; after money spinner stolenWednesday 20th February 2019

Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home; the Higos Partner Charity for 2019/20, recently announced the devastating news that their money spinner located in Clifton Down Shopping Centre was broken in to with all donations inside being stolen. 
 
The money spinner, installed in July 2018 was the first of its kind for Jessie May and it cost the charity £200. It hadn’t been emptied since it was installed. With the lead up to Christmas and lots of generous donations, it’s estimated that there would have been several hundred pounds inside. The donations raised from the money spinner were intended to go directly into respite care, which is provided by specialist nurses who offer vital care to families in the comfort of their own homes.
 
The Higos Community Fund made an instant decision to help Jessie May make up for this dreadful blow and an Emergency Dress Down Day was organised for Friday 18th January.
 
Matthew Jones, Chairman of the Higos Community Fund commented, “We just had to do something to help. All of the Higos staff rallied together and each contributed towards the fund, so that they could dress down for the day. The total raised by staff came to £260, with the Higos Community Fund adding an extra £240 to make a total of £500.”
 
Lindsey Horton, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Jessie May, said: “We just want to all say a huge thank you to Higos, following on from the theft of our money spinner, Higos have stepped up to the task and raised an incredible £500. 
 
“The theft was obviously a horrible shock, and the kindness we have been shown by you has been incredibly uplifting. 
 
“The £500 you have raised will go into respite care, as the money spinner funds were intended to do. This amount will allow for two respite sessions, which are three hours each. 
 
“Sometimes these sessions give the children a break from Mum and Dad as well as the other way around and they’re so valuable to these families. The sessions can also be for end of life, or bereavement. These sessions wouldn’t have been possible without your help, so just a huge thank you to everyone at Higos.”
 
Philip Cussell commented, ‘I have just joined the committee for the Higos Community Fund and this has been a fantastic induction into the wonderful work we can do with the local community. Hopefully, we have helped to turn something very negative into a positive for our incredible partner charity. Jessie May do such important work and we are all just so happy we could help.”
 
The theft is being looked at by police, though the donations have not yet been recovered.  If you have any information about this incident, which took place at around 7.45am on Wednesday 9th January 2019, please get in touch with the police on 101 (non urgent line) and quote the crime reference number: 5218005543.
 
Cheque presentation to Jessie May at the Higos Somerton office
 
Pictured from left to right: Matthew Jones and Philip Cussell (Higos Community Fund) and Lindsey Horton (Jessie May)
 
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