The Earl Mountbatten Hospice has decided to part ways with The Gazette.
When The Gazette launched about two years back, part of the offering was that when you picked up a free copy, you put a donation in the collection box, which went to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
At the end of last week, the Earl Mountbatten Hospice made the decision to withdraw from the arrangement, “in order to allow another charity to benefit from the donations.”
We heard back from the Hospice today, when they sent us the following statement …
The Board of Trustees of Earl Mountbatten Hospice wishes to express its sincere thanks to everyone at the Gazette for their support over the past two years.
Since 2008, when the Hospice became the beneficiary of donations from Islanders for the Gazette, over £25,000 has been raised for the Hospice for the care of our patients.
We now believe that the time is right to withdraw from this arrangement in order to allow another charity to benefit from the donations. As a gesture to the newspaper and whichever charity will benefit in the future, we are happy to donate our newspaper stands and collecting boxes for use by that charity.
We spoke to Jason, who edits the Gazette, who told us, “We’re gutted to hear it. We’ve raised over £38,000 for the Hospice over the time.”
When we asked about the future, Jay told us, “We’ll be offering our support to another Island charity.”