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Barchester given award for charitable work

13th November 2006

Barchester Healthcare has won an award in recognition of its corporate donations to good causes.

The healthcare homes chain has been given a PerCent Club award for contributing more than one per cent of its pre-tax profits to good causes, measured in staff time as well as cash donations.

"Barchester is delighted to participate in the PerCent Club Awards. We feel it is important to be a part of setting standards that will encourage other companies to take up the challenge and to allocate time and investment to support the local communities in which they operate," said Mike Parsons, managing director of Barchester Healthcare.

Each of the Barchester care homes routinely organises fundraising activities and the Barchester Healthcare Foundation, a registered charity, also collects donations in order to support older people and those with disabilities by providing grants and funding.

"The mission of the Foundation is to support practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity," added Mr Parsons.

"This is why Barchester has already donated £300,000 to the Foundation and promised to match any funds raised by members of staff."

The PerCent club is a voluntary benchmark for companies involved in corporate giving, providing businesses with an analysis of their donation as a percentage of pre-tax profits as well as raising awareness and celebrating corporate achievements.