LOROS Hospice is an important charity to Welcomm for many reasons. Having fundraised for LOROS as a business for the past 2 years, Welcomm were proud to announce their commitment to continue this support throughout 2021 by sponsoring the super exciting Rocket Round Leicester event; a fantastic art trail of rocket sculptures landing in Leicester City Centre in July 2021.
Whilst on a video call with LOROS and other business sponsors/partners, it was Rachel Williamson, Operations Director at Welcomm that spotted a familiar face and longstanding Welcomm Customer: Nigel Todd, Managing Director at Trucklink EU.
Once both businesses learned about their shared connection with LOROS Hospice, the idea to work together was an easy decision for both Leicestershire based companies. To learn more about this supportive partnership, we got Rachel and Nigel together to discuss why they choose to support LOROS.
Both based in Leicestershire, Welcomm Communications and Trucklink EU’s strong relationship has developed over many years of working together, as Welcomm supplies mobile and telephony services to Trucklink EU and the wider HAE Group.
Big believers in supporting local, both businesses share many values including prioritising customers, maintaining strong supplier relationships, and making a difference in their local communities.
LOROS Hospice cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland every year. They provide free, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.
Following charity shop closures and event cancellations, LOROS Hospice now estimates a loss of £2.3million in fundraised income in 2020 alone.
“My connection with LOROS goes back quite a few years – I remember calling into LOROS for the first time. A dear friend of ours was suffering from cancer, and so we went in to see Steve. I don’t like going into hospitals, but LOROS was completely different – as welcoming as a hotel.
And then my mother passed in March 2019, as she suffered with a lung disease for seven years. As my mum’s health worsened, she became involved with LOROS. LOROS provided some respite for my mum – she enjoyed the entertainment they put on for visitors, and as she was there over Christmas, we had a family party that helped us spend precious time together.
We choose to support LOROS because their care is so, so important. I can’t put into words how much their work matters. There is no fear, only care. They make cups of tea, any time of the day and my mum gained such an association with the nurses; for which I am eternally grateful.”
“I grew up with a lady called Sarah, who sadly passed away in 2018 from cancer. She was only in her early 50’s and had a big impact on my life.
Sarah visited LOROS because she needed some quick respite care as her health worsened, and the people there were able to get her back on her feet so to speak, to give her a little extra time. Sarah used this time to organise her own funeral, and it ended up being the most beautiful celebration of her life! They gave her that time at home to prepare everything and know that she was leaving us all in a good place. What they did for her was absolutely outstanding.
As a result of Sarah’s passing, her cousin and I cycled from London to Paris all in support of LOROS – an amazing experience that raised over £5000 for the charity. We choose to support LOROS as a thank you for looking after all of the mums, dads, friends and family that need support at the hardest time.”
Rocket Round Leicester is a spectacular public art trail due to ‘land’ in Leicester for 10 weeks in summer 2021. The event aims to support local businesses by safely encouraging people back to the city centre to view beautifully designed rocket sculptures, as well as raise vital funds for LOROS Hospice.
Each sculpture will be sponsored by a business and individually designed by an artist – either well-known or just starting out, from the local area or further afield. The trail is due to launch on Monday 19th July, before ‘blasting off’ on Sunday 26th September 2021.
At the end of the event, each Rocket sculpture will be auctioned off in a bid to raise even more funds for LOROS Hospice, enabling them to continue to care for over 2,500 terminally ill local people and their families.
Photography by: Beth Walsh Photography | @WalshyPictures
If you’d like to join us in raising money for LOROS or just showing some support for the incredible LOROS team, take a look at the below options for you to get involved.
LOROS Hospice’s latest campaign, ‘Make Christmas your Business’, is designed to encourage businesses across the UK to bring their teams together for a virtual get together, to connect with their people and raise vital funds for LOROS at the same time.
LOROS have done all of the hard work for you, coming up with some fantastic event ideas to make organising a team call even easier. In fact, LOROS have included our event idea too – a cocktail making evening that comes thoroughly recommended by all of the team at Welcomm.
In the new year, Welcomm and Trucklink are planning on hosting a fundraising event together like no other, streamed live on social media. Throughout the event, we hope to raise money via an online auction and a hilarious bake-off (complete with superpowers to throw each competitor off).
If this sounds like something you would love to be a part of, or that you can support us with in any way, please do register your interest with us so that we can contact you with more information.
From Monday 19th July to Sunday 26th September 2021, look forward to visiting Leicester City Centre with your family to discover the trail of unique rocket sculptures.
Whilst in the city, why not buy a coffee and a cake at a local cafe and pop into a local shop whilst you’re at it to support those businesses that need it most.
Take a selfie with our rocket and tag @WelcommComms and @trucklink-eu for a shout out on our social media channels!