Like most people in Eastbourne, the team at PRG Marketing Communications have all had some sort of connection to St Wilfrid’s Hospice over the years. However, in 2018, we all came to experience the wonderful work of the Hospice team.

Our colleague Martyn Leek, or Leeky as he was known to us, was sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer at the start of 2018. He fought valiantly for months, and in the latter part of the year, he came into the care of the St Wilfrid’s team, during what ended up being the final months of his life.

He sadly passed away on 28th November, leaving behind his wife Donna and three beautiful young sons.

The care, support and love showed to Leeky and his family by the Hospice team during his time there was truly amazing and it inspired us to get involved!

As a business, we have committed to supporting St Wilfrid’s Hospice with as many charitable activities as we can. We know it takes over £15,000 a day to run the Hospice, which is a phenomenal amount of money.

So, we are trying to help!

We have taken part in the Hospice’s inaugural Jail & Bail event at the Redoubt last March. I was locked up with a group of other local reprobates and all had to raise £1,000+ to buy our freedom! Next year’s event is already on the calendar, so we’d encourage business leaders to sign up and get stuck in.

As a team, we got our Superhero running kit on and took part in the 5K obstacle race, Kapow, in Hampden Park. We entered two teams and we’re pleased to say we won the event – Go Team PRG!

Last month, Amy Henkel from PRG braved the Beachy Head 10K run in wild and wet conditions – an event she trained really hard for and raised yet more money for St Wilfrid’s.

We’ve just signed up for the Pancake Race in February 2020, so we’re challenging other businesses in Eastbourne to come and take us on!

To top it all off, we were privileged to win “Best Corporate Team” at the first-ever St Wilfrid’s Business Awards, at a glamourous evening at The Grand Hotel on 4th September.

We’re incredibly proud to support the good work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.  

We will continue to support St Wilfrid's, encourage as many businesses as possible to get involved in raising much-needed funds and taking part in some of the fantastic fundraising events that they put on.

Simon Groves