Raffle donation ‘just the ticket’ for local hospice

A Retford engineering company and large local employer is continuing to give back to the community after donating more than £1,200 to Bassetlaw Hospice.

Icon Aerospace Technology, a specialist in engineered polymer products, held its own company raffle in aid of the hospice, with its 263 strong team donating their own prizes. The event raised a total of £640, which the company has doubled to £1,280. These proceeds will help the hospice carry on its vital work caring for, and supporting, terminally ill patients.

Bassetlaw Hospice, situated at the rear of Retford Hospital, provides palliative care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or a progressive long term condition. It exists to support both patients and their families to achieve the highest quality of life, and relies on generous donations from the local community to continue its work.

Icon Aerospace Technology has been a thriving business at the heart of Retford for the last 150 years, and represents the market town on a global scale, providing a range of highly engineered products into the aerospace and defence markets. The company, based in Thrumpton Lane, has always believed that the strength of its products comes from the strength of its people, many of whom are local to Retford, living and working in the local area. As a major local employer, creating growth for many other local businesses, it is important to the company that it helps to strengthen the local community.

Another way Icon Aerospace Technology is giving back to the local community is by sponsoring this year’s Retford In Bloom competition. Organised by Retford Civic Society and Retford Business Forum, the project aims to make the town centre attractive to both residents and visitors by adding seasonal colour to the streets with floral displays between April and December.

Tim Pryce, Chief Executive of Icon Aerospace Technology commented: “As a company we want to do more than provide a great place to work, we want to be actively involved with our community. As a major employer in the area we are thrilled to be able to support Bassetlaw Hospice and Retford In Bloom and as we continue to grow and bring new skills to the area, we hope to increase our contributions towards great community projects such as these.”

He continued: “Bassetlaw Hospice plays a critical role in this community for people facing difficult times. As a charitable organisation it needs continued support so we are hopeful that our effort may inspire other local businesses and people to contribute to this worthy cause.”


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