Original article from Swindon Advertiser 13th November 2017
Firms steps in with offer of local office
A CHILDREN’S hospice charity moved into its new offices in the heart of Swindon town centre on Wednesday.
Jessie May was given a free office in Tricentre 3 after Mayor Maureen Penny suggested that Fig Offices could not support its cause.
The new offices will give the Bristol based charity a Swindon hub, which will make it easier for its nurses to help people in the town and work with local businesses to raise awareness and much-needed funds for its work.
Mayor Penny said: “Its a really special day, to have them with a Swindon address and phone number is great.
” This is one of my choosen charities so when I asked Fig Offices if they had any charities the wanted to support and suggested Jessie May.
Denniss Removals moves Jessie May Trust
Fig center manager Kristina Granat, Matthew Hutchings of Denniss Removals and hospice team leader Joanne Conroy. Picture: CLARE GREEN
“Debbie has worked very hard to get the contact together, I’m so proud of the team.”
Debbie Clarke, Jessie May Trust’s community fundraising officer for Swindon and ?Wiltshire, was delighted with the new home. She said: “It’s the start of many good things, it has a great networking space and room and services have been provided for free so all the money we get will go towards the charity.”
Jess May team leader Jo Conroy said: “It’s lovely to have a purpose-built office, it will hopefully give us a bigger prifile in Swindon.
“Everyone has been really welcoming and friendly and it’s great to be in the centre of town.
“We have a brilliant team and we’re here to make a difference for young people and their families.”
Kristina Granat, Fig’s Swindon centre manager, said: “When we opened for business this autumn we wanted to do something tangible for a deserving local charity and found that the Jessie May Trust needed some central office space.
“We had heard of their reputation as a much-loved children’s hospice at Home and thought we could donate a new home for them to operate from, helping them to concentrate on their fundraising activities.
“We are all really delighted to welcome them as the first of many new occupiers at our Fig Swindon center and to provide complimentary serviced office space.”
Debbie added: “We cannot thak Kristina and her team enough for their help and support throughout.
“To be in the heart of Swindon makes a huge differnce to us and the ability to really be part of the town’s business and professional commity.”