- National Grid Gas Distribution team devotes a year’s fundraising for local hospice LOROS
- A quiz night and disco kicks off charity marathon
- LOROS mascot Lionel the Lion roars into action
National Grid Gas Distribution staff in Hinckley have vowed to spend the year fundraising in memory of Hayley Smith, colleague and devoted young mother-of-one who died recently.
They will help the Leicestershire-based hospice LOROS, which cared for Hayley and supported her family. She was a keen fundraiser for LOROS and other charities.
On Thursday (13 April), Hayley’s work colleagues in National Grid Gas Distribution’s Data Assurance team started their dash-for-cash with a quiz night, silent auction, and a raffle.
LOROS mascot Lionel the Lion took pride of place, posing for pictures and helping to swell the charity coffers. The evening at The Meeting Centre, Hinckley ended with a disco and karaoke until midnight.
Leanne Thomasson, an organiser in National Grid Gas Distribution’s Data Assurance Team, said: “Hayley was a big character and a wonderful, caring and giving person. Her loss is deeply felt. She is sorely missed by all. This was a difficult evening, tinged with much sadness, but we were determined to enjoy ourselves in her memory, and to raise money for LOROS – a charity that Hayley supported.”
Data Assurance plans to run more charity events over the coming year to help LOROS.
LOROS has more than 330 staff and 1,100 volunteers. It runs 28 charity shops in Leicestershire and Rutland. It needs to raise at least £5 million a year to help meet the costs required to provide palliative care for patients and their families.