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A&T Place their support with Gully

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Leading insurance specialists Alan & Thomas Insurance Group have revealed they have nominated Gully's Place Trust Fund as their official charity for 2014.

After a successful two years supporting and raising more than £9,000 for the Wessex Cancer Trust, it was decided that a new charity should be adopted for the Poole and Gillingham based broker, and following a vote from their 60-strong workforce, Gully's Place was chosen as their new charity.

Gully's Place Trust Fund, registered as a Poole Hospital Charity, was set up in 2009 to support the four hundred infants, children and young people throughout Dorset who have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. These children can have a short life expectancy and may not survive to adulthood and may need palliative care for weeks, months or years before they approach the end of their life.

As well as a physical Gully's Place Suite, a one bedroom private suite for patients and their families located on the children's unit at Poole Hospital, the fund comprises of parents' support groups, as well as the provision of education and learning materials for staff and families.

Speaking of the new partnership, A&T Marketing Manager Hayley Baverstock commented, "We always like to choose a charity where we know we'll be able to make a significant contribution and make a difference. Little is known of Gully's Place at the moment but through our support we hope to change this and help them raise their profile, whilst at the same time raising funds for such a worthwhile cause".

"Our staff really get behind all our fundraising initiatives so I'm confident that they will give 100% effort to help support the fantastic work of Gully's Place".

Senior Sister in charge of Gully's Place Helen Parker is pleased to have such an enthusiastic team of fundraisers as Alan & Thomas on board and remarked how grateful Gully's Place is for their support, "This is the first time a local business has nominated us as their official charity of the year and we are extremely appreciative of their support. Our main aim this year is to support the development of a Gully's Place Suite at Dorset County Hospital

in Dorchester, similar to the one we have at Poole, and with help from local businesses like Alan & Thomas I'm confident that we'll be able to achieve our ambitions".

Alan & Thomas have a charity committee which organises internal fundraising activities such as dress down days, bake sales, sporting challenges and an annual quiz night, which has become a highlight of their fundraising calendar.

Photo: L-R, Poole Hospital Fundraising Manager Pamela Bell, A&T Marketing Manager Hayley Baverstock and Senior Sister in charge of Gully's Place Helen Parker