Matfen Makes Memories for Children with Cancer

STAFF at a leading North East hotel have raised more than £11,500 for children living with cancer across the UK.

Josie's DragonflyIn 2014 Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, Northumberland, adopted Hexham-based Josie’s Dragonfly Trust as its nominated charity for an extended two-year period. The Trust was set up by Hexham teenager Josie Grove after she was diagnosed with incurable leukaemia and provides special treats for children and their families, when they are well enough to enjoy them.

“Every child is different,” said the Trust’s Sarah Hogg, “but most want to leave their footprint in some way. So our cash donations are spent either helping them fulfil a wish or making memories with their families, because they never know which ‘good’ day will be their last good day.”

Throughout the partnership the award-winning hotel donated a percentage of every afternoon tea, lunch and evening meal sold, to the charity. It also provided short breaks for families, hosted fundraising events and helped raise awareness of its work.

“Matfen Hall and its staff have been absolutely fantastic,” said Sarah.  “They have gone way beyond their job roles to get involved, giving up their own time and pushing themselves to take part in events like The Great North Run on our behalf.

“Even though the official partnership has drawn to a close I think we’ll all still stay in touch because they’ve been great friends to Josie’s Dragonfly Trust.”

Matfen Hall sales and marketing director, Sarah Barber, who helped lead the award-winning hotel’s fundraising activities, said: “It’s been a pleasure.

“In carrying on the excellent work Josie began before she died, the Trust brings fun and laughter and happiness in what might otherwise be very dark hours for these children. Even though our official partnership has come to an end, we have made such strong links with Josie’s Dragonfly Trust that we’ll certainly be keeping in touch.”