Staff at Bedford-based Window Ware raised £1,571.64 extra mile for the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in nearby Moggerhanger last year.

Fundraising initiatives included a Trade Counter Tuck Shop and collection boxes, which raised £340.43 before the first lockdown hit in March, and in May staff took on the 2.6 challenge from home to walk, cycle, bounce, burpee, and bench press their way to raising a further £412.

Window ware also donated PPE to the hospice, including face masks and hand sanitiser, so staff could continue their work safely.

Managing director Sam Nuckey said: “Charities struggled last year because the pandemic cancelled many fund-raising events and caused a drastic drop in donations, which meant we had to get a bit more creative about how we could support our Sue Ryder St. John’s Hospice.

“It was vital that we helped to keep their doctors, nurses, carers and specialists on the frontline and I’d like to thank all our team who carried on giving and quietly did their bit to support the hospice when they needed help more than ever.”

Hayley Webb, Sue Ryder’s Community fundraising manager, replied: “Everyone at Sue Ryder St. John’s Hospice would like to thank Window Ware for their fantastic support to help make a difference to local patients and their families. 

“We have faced unprecedented challenges this year, including lockdown, PPE, shielding and restrictions on visits from loved ones and it’s thanks to this generous support that we have been able to continue providing care throughout.”