Health Staff have raised over £400 for two local charities by ditching their suits and shirts for denims and t-shirts.

Staff from NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ‘dressed down’ once a month over the last year to raise cash for two local good causes.

In exchange for dressing in casual clothes, staff each donate £1 to the nominated charities. The latest charities to benefit were Bury Hospice and Grace’s Place who received £205 each.

Bury Hospice offers care and support not only to people approaching the end of life, but also to their families. Bury Hospice offers inpatient care, care at home and day patient care along with bereavement support.

Grace’s Place supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families living in North Manchester.  The team provides clinical care, relaxing therapies, counselling and support at home.

Staff at the CCG were asked to nominate local good causes to benefit from the collections which were then narrowed down to Bury Hospice and Grace’s Place. The CCG, which recently relocated its headquarters from Silver Street in Bury town centre to Townside Primary Care Centre, is now looking at new ways for their staff to raise money to support more local causes.

Dr. Jeff Schryer, Chair for NHS Bury CCG said: “We are really pleased to be able to support local charities in this way. Both charities provide valued services and do fantastic work, supporting patients and their families during very difficult times in their lives and providing them with specialist care and support.

“Dress down day has two main benefits; it’s good for our beneficiaries, and also for our staff morale. It’s something our teams look forward to at the end of the month and it changes the face of the working day. Following our office relocation, our teams are now looking at new way to raise money to help benefit more local causes.”

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Date: 28 June 2018

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