Thursday, 11 December 2014

Stephen Metcalfe MP supports new Care2Save shopping website to benefit hospices and charities in Basildon and Thurrock
Stephen with Donna Air at the special event
This week, local MP Stephen Metcalfe has showed his support at a Westminster event for, the newly-launched shopping site that will help raise funds for charities across South Basildon and East Thurrock when people shop online.
Online spending over Christmas is predicted to reach an all-time high of £13bn. If just 5 per cent of purchases made are through, £19.5m could be raised for good causes this festive season.

At the event, Stephen learned how provides a new income stream for hospices and charities across the UK. Donna Air – actress, designer, and supporter of Care2Save – was also at the event, having recently revealed that her grandfather is suffering from dementia and is being cared for in a hospice.

Care2Save is unique in the UK, as it is the only charity owned and run shopping website that gives 100% of the money that it makes through commission directly to the charity sector.

Stephen with Wendy Field (left), Hospice Matron and
Siobhan Horton (right), Hospice clinical director
The site offers over 12 million products from over 2,000 UK-based high street retailers, making it a one-stop shop for Christmas shopping whilst giving commission from all purchases to charity – without costing the customer a penny. 80 per cent of the commission generated through each purchase goes to a registered charity of the shopper’s choice, and the remaining 20 per cent goes to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which supports hospice and palliative care in the UK and globally.

This enables people to support their chosen charity this Christmas and each time they shop in the future. It also provides much-needed funds for the hospice sector: a service which most families will need at some point.
Stephen Metcalfe commented: “I am so pleased to be supporting such a great initiative to bring more vital funding to these important charities and organisations.”
“There are more than 220 hospices in the UK, which collectively care for around 360,000 people each year. In South Basildon and East Thurrock we are lucky enough to have the brilliant St Luke’s hospice and I want to do all that I can to support them.”
“The website makes it so easy for us to raise funds for our local hospices and I encourage all local residents to visit the website this Christmas.”

Andrea Fragata Ladeira, CEO, Care2Save: “Hospice care will touch all of our lives at one point or another; whether for ourselves or those close to us. Together through Care2Save we have the opportunity to transform the hospice sector and to raise significant sums for other charities in the process. The support of MPs is vital, and we sincerely hope that the MPs who kindly joined us today and as many people as possible will now join us in making their shopping website of choice for Christmas and beyond.”