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Champion of the Week

Meet our Champion of the Week: Charlotte Gratton, Events Fundraiser at Ashgate Hospicecare

My name is Charlotte Gratton, I am 22 and proudly work as part of the fundraising team at Ashgate Hospicecare. I started working at Ashgate Hospicecare as an apprentice in 2013, I am now the Events Fundraiser and organise many exciting events to raise money for patients and families across North Derbyshire in need of hospice care.

The flagship event we organise each year is The Sparkle Night Walk, which last year attracted 2,000 wonderful walkers who raised £168,000! This is a fantastic community event and having lived in Chesterfield since the age of 3, it is truly moving to see the community come together to support such a vital cause.

Ashgate Hospicecare provides support and care free of charge to patients with life limiting illnesses across North Derbyshire, in the In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice and in their own homes. We also extend our support to their families during this difficult time.

 

What’s your best memory of the town?

The first time I organised the Sparkle Night Walk in 2015 and looked out to a sea of 1,500 people all dressed in pink at the start line. It was very emotional as the majority of walkers walk in memory of loved ones and the total amount pledged in announced which was an astonishing £127,000.

 

What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?

A 24/7 Hospice at Home service would give local people the choice to stay at home.

 

How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?

Chesterfield is a market town nestled on the edge of the Peak District. Chesterfield has a great sense of community and some brilliant events to attend and get involved with.

 

What are the positives of running a business here?

Chesterfield is such a strong community and as a charity we are very lucky to have such an active community who love to get involved with fundraising.  Businesses who support Ashgate Hospicecare see the positive impact it has on staff engagement as one in three people are touched by hospice care.

 

Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?

For fundraising advice I always speak to the businesses that support the hospice as they often have brilliant new ideas for events and challenges. Such as the Open Air Cinema which was a great success last year and this idea came from staff at Gilder Group.

 

Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?

Ashgate Hospicecare cares for patients across the whole of North Derbyshire; the hospice building is based in Chesterfield close to the many transport links across our area. We have 16 charity shops located throughout North Derbyshire with our biggest shop, Hasland Furniture Store, being based in Chesterfield.

 

Who do you admire in the community?

I personally admire the hospice’s Community Nurse Specialists who make visits to patients’ homes. The Hospice at Home team is invaluable, they provide care to patients and respite to family members, and currently they work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

After completing a survey we are aware that there is a need for more people in North Derbyshire to receive this care. Currently we are only caring for one in four of the people in our area who need us. Ashgate Hospicecare need to recruit more nurses to make this service available 24/7.

 

What are the aspirations of your business?

Ashgate Hospicecare wants to be able to provide hospice care for all those in North Derbyshire who need it. We aim to have a 24/7 Hospice at Home service to give people the choice to stay at home.

If 3,000 enter the Sparkle Night Walk this year and aim to raise £100 each, we would be one step closer to achieving this.

 

What advice would you give to someone establishing a business here?

Get involved! Please support your local hospice.

Support local causes, fundraise and work in partnership with charities locally to help promote your business whilst making a big impact to the community.

 

 

 

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