Hospice benefits from new financial advice scheme

David Marshall of Saint Catherine's Hospice and Janette Town of Lifetime
David Marshall of Saint Catherine's Hospice and Janette Town of Lifetime

A Scarborough-based charity has benefitted from a new initiative from a Yorkshire financial planning company.

Lifetime has set up a scheme whereby it donates 10 per cent of fees generated on new accounts to a hospice chosen by the person who referred them the business.

Saint Catherine’s in the town has received a cheque for £131 after the company received a referral from a Scarborough client who wanted their local hospice to benefit.

It was handed over to the hospice’s director of funding development, David Marshall, by Janette Town, a relationship manager with Lifetime, which is based in Barnsley.

Mr Marshall said: “This is a very generous scheme by Lifetime and it is great that hospices all over the country will benefit, depending on where the referrer chooses.

“Saint Catherine’s is very grateful to the business community for supporting our services and all donations are extremely welcome and go towards helping us to raise the £5m we need each year.”

Mrs Town added: “We are very pleased to be able to support the wonderful work that hospices do and in this particular case, Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

“We have a growing number of clients in Scarborough and hope to be making further contributions to Saint Catherine’s in the future.”

The company’s hospice referral scheme came about due to a close relationship it has built up with its local hospice.

Lifetime’s managing director, Ian Dickinson, had a close personal friend who spent time in Barnsley Hospice and the company has sponsored the hospice’s golf day for the past two years.

Andrew Lodge, Lifetime’s communications and social media manager, added: “We wanted to continue to develop that close relationship and also wanted to give our clients, wherever they live, the opportunity to make a difference to their community. “So for all introduced clients to Lifetime, we will donate 10 per cent of any initial fees generated on new transactions completed with these clients, to the hospice chosen by the referrer.”