Katharine House Hospice has been proud to work with Zurich Community Trust and the Zurich team in Chipping Norton since 2019. It all started with their Charity Challenges, but as the relationship grew we were thrilled to secure an official two-year partnership in November 2022 and were awarded a grant of £18,900 to be paid over the two years.  

The partnership with Zurich Community Trust (ZCT) benefits everyone at the hospice: our patients, their loved ones and our staff. During our partnership we have received nearly £40,000 in donations and grants and we are overwhelmed by their generosity and support.  

It all began back in 2019 when the Zurich team in Chipping Norton began to support the hospice via their Charity Challenges programmes. Twice a year the team at Katharine House set the Zurich team a challenge to support the hospice, either through volunteering or sourcing items that the hospice requires but does not have the income to purchase. The team at Chipping Norton have taken part in 13 challenges since 2019 and there are many more to come!  

So many challenges, so much support

As part of the challenges the hospice has received art materials for Living Well patients, donations of plant boxes and seeds, plus art materials so patients can make keepsakes for their loved ones. 

The team has also provided our catering team with brand new, sparkly crockery and cutlery for our kitchen, so our patients can eat our delicious home cooked food in style.

We’ve had the team volunteering in our beautiful garden and purchasing much needed supplies, including paint, tools and lawn feed. One of our favourite challenges was in June 2024 when the Zurich team volunteered at our Volunteer Mix and Mingle party in the hospice garden. The Zurich team set up a drinks and cake stand and treated all of our wonderful volunteers to Pimms and cupcakes and they even supplied fabulous raffle prizes for a free raffle for our guests.  

Christmas at the hospice

Christmas would not be the same at Katharine House without the support from ZCT and the Chippy Team. They have provided us with Christmas trees and decorations which have been displayed in and around the hospice each year, so that every patient can see a Christmas tree from their bed. 

We have received beautiful hampers for our patients at the hospice to open on Christmas Day, plus 300 boxes of chocolates for our patients in the community. They also supplied us with lovely blankets to keep our patients warm in the winter.

In December 2023, they threw a party for our Living Well patients which included bingo, a quiz and a delicious Christmas buffet, plus a gift for all our patients and their careers.  

Helping Katharine House make every moment matter

Through supporting us via their Charity Challenges programme, Zurich enables us to make our hospice special and sets it apart from other clinical settings; it’s a home from home for patients and their families. At Katharine House we want to make every moment matter and Zurich help us to achieve this. These acts of kindness and generosity might seem simple to some but they mean everything to our patients and their loved ones.  

Mark Flay from the Trust said: "Zurich Community Trust is proud that the financial support and other support through employees' time and skills will help to ease the pressure for charities around the UK that have been selected by Zurich’s UK employees. 

"Often the charities selected are those that have a strong reputation locally, such as Katharine House Hospice, as our employees often know of someone that has received amazing care and support for their physical, emotional and other needs from the amazing hospice team."

Training and sustainability

By being in partnership with Zurich, the staff at Katharine House have free access to a wide range of training opportunities and resources, which would be costly to us as a charity if we had to fund this ourselves. This enables our team to fundraise to the best of their ability and also gives us access to resources such a mental health and wellbeing courses, which sits well alongside our team of Mental Health First Aiders.

And if that wasn’t enough … in July 2023, we were awarded a Sustainability Grant of £9,983 to help us implement environmentally-friendly changes at the hospice. With the support from ZCT and the Sustainability Grant we would love to lead the way for hospices wanting to make sustainable choices.  

Thank you!

In 2024, we were thrilled to hear that our partnership with Zurich Community Trust was extended for a further two years, including a further grant of £18,000 to be donated to the hospice in 2024 and 2025. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support that Zurich has provided to the hospice and we very much look forward to working with them throughout our partnership and beyond.   

Find out more about Zurich Community Trust and the incredible work they do in the community.  

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