22 January 2014
The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge, and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon are two charities benefitting this year from Xaar's £12,000 charitable giving fund.Employees of Xaar plc, which has facilities on the Cambridge Science Park and in Huntingdon, have voted to donate £2,000 to each local charity, and also to give £2,000 each to national charities: The Soldiers' Charity and the British Heart Foundation.
The Rosie Hospital has recently opened a new purpose-built maternity facility on its Hills Road site. Hinchingbrooke is currently raising funds to extend the hospital's Woodlands Centre, which supports patients diagnosed with cancer.
Anna Shasha, Head of Midwifery at the Rosie, said: "It is a massive morale boost for all the midwives, doctors, nurses and ancillary staff here to know that there is such overwhelming local support. As one of the region's busiest maternity hospitals, our facilities have been under huge pressure in recent years. That's why every penny raised continues to help ensure we can offer the best possible care to more women, new-borns and their families. Thank you Xaar. "
Xaar established the fund in 2012 to ensure the company's charitable giving reflected employees' wishes. All employees in Cambridge and Huntingdon, and at Xaar's manufacturing plant in Sweden, can vote for charities that either provide benefits locally or have specific connections to them or their families. This year the Swedish vote went to the Swedish Cancer Society and the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation.