Health cash plan provider Medicash is celebrating after making £1m of donations to over 450 registered charities and other organisations over the past 10 years. Liverpool-based Medicash donated the funds via its Charitable Trust to a wide range of beneficiaries including the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the Community Foundation for Merseyside, which promotes investment in Merseyside’s voluntary and community sector, and St Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) in Thornton, Liverpool, which provides care to terminally ill people in Liverpool and Sefton.
The company has also made a number of smaller donations to good causes over the years, including £500 to BASIC (Brain and Spinal Injury Centre) in Greater Manchester for its computer assisted rehabilitation environment, and over £700 for the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal for DNA sampling for the early detection of breast cancer.
Established over 140 years ago, Medicash is one of the largest and most established healthcare cash plan providers in the UK, offering a wide range of affordable health plans for companies, individuals and intermediaries.
Cathy Elliott, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Merseyside, said: “We have worked with Medicash actively since 2006 with the company recognising our ability as a registered charity and their local Community Foundation to reach Merseyside’s people and neighbourhoods. Via us, they have invested nearly £16,000 into Merseyside’s communities, to directly improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
“Medicash has also been a long-standing supporter of our Spirit of Merseyside Awards, working with us to celebrate achievement in communities, especially of those unsung heroes that Merseyside can’t survive without. The company was our first endowment donor in 2007, now holding a £50,000 fund with us, and we continue to congratulate Medicash on leading the way in sustainable corporate giving in the local area.”
From 2005 to 2011, Medicash supported St Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) in Thornton, by sponsoring its Midnight Walk, the annual 11k walk held in Thornton to raise funds for the charity. The company has donated more than £10,000 to Jospice over the years, helping the organisation to raise in excess of £250,000 in additional funds.
Other key donations include £5,000 to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, funding research into the early detection of lung cancer, an investment of £20,000 in the Tranmere Community Project, a local project working with young dads, a £25,000 donation to the NSPCC’s Safe Place Appeal, assisting in the continued protection of Merseyside children, £6,000 to support the North West Air Ambulance, and a £25,000 donation to Claire House, which cares for children with life threatening or life limiting conditions, to fully fund
a specialist paediatric nurse for 12 months.
Medicash CEO, Sue Weir, said: “We have been caring for people for more than 140 years and as a business we have a strong tradition of charitable giving. Wellbeing has always been at the very heart of the Medicash message, and to have donated £1m in just 10 years demonstrates our belief that these causes deserve our support for the invaluable work that they do caring for our communities.”