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Yorkshire vehicle-hire firm aids hospice fleet needs

Yorkshire’s largest independent vehicle-hire firm, Arrow Self Drive has renewed a partnership with Harrogate-based Saint Michael’s Hospice, helping the charity support more local people living with terminal illness.

Arrow Self Drive will provide Saint Michael’s with exclusive use of one of its vehicles, enabling the hospice to deliver essential items of equipment to help patients receive care in their place of choice.

Since the partnership began in 2015, the van has also been key to the everyday running of Saint Michael’s nine charity shops across the district, which collectively raise more than £800,000 a year to support hospice services.

Arrow Self Drive’s contribution will be vital in helping the charity deliver its network of inpatient and outreach services which support more than 2,000 people each year.

Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, said:

“Saint Michael’s shops have a key role to play in our plans to care for more people, and by growing the number of stores selling high quality goods across the district, we aim to more than double the funds raised each year.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Saint Michael’s simply could not provide our range of services without the remarkable support of local individuals and businesses like Arrow, and we are exceptionally grateful for their ongoing contribution.”

James Hill, Managing Director at Arrow Self Drive explains why his company continues to support the Hospice, he commented:

“So many people in the community will benefit from the essential services that Saint Michael’s provides at some time in their lives. As a family-run business we are keen to support the local community in whatever way we can.

“We chose to support Saint Michaels because they share our passion for local families and they, like us, are always striving to provide a personal and excellent standard of service. We continue our support, which initially began in 2015, because we can see what a huge difference they make to many people in the Harrogate area.”

Since Saint Michael’s became the area’s first adult hospice more than three decades ago, the charity has improved the lives of thousands of families affected by terminal illness and bereavement.

James added: “We share many common values, as well as the fact that as they celebrate their 30th anniversary we look forward to ours next year. We cannot think of a worthier recipient of our help.”

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