A caring local company selling health foods, vitamins and supplements across the UK is donating vital funds to support St Giles Hospice thanks to the generosity of its customers.

Zipvit has donated £20,751 to the hospice, which supports patients and their families living with a terminal illness.

Zipvit raised the money through donations made by customers who ordered online using the company’s website over the past year. Online shoppers who spend more than £35 are given the choice between selecting a free gift for themselves or giving a donation to charity.

(From left) Zipvit Operations Manager Sarah Dinshaw, St Giles Hospice Regional Fundraising Manager Samantha Storey and Zipvit Sales and Marketing Director Ben Mackay.

Sarah Dinshaw, Operations Manager at Zipvit, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to raise these funds for such an important local cause in the last 12 months.

“This money helps to fund the hospice’s vital work supporting local patients and their families and the total raised is a testament to the generosity of our amazing customers who have continued to support us and make donations to St Giles Hospice in a year when times have been very hard for everyone.

“I would like to thank our customers for selecting the charitable donation as their gift when shopping with Zipvit.”

St Giles Hospice’s Head of Fundraising, Chloe Herbert, said that the hospice was extremely grateful for the donation from Rugeley-based Zipvit and the company’s customers.

She added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Zipvit and to all of the shoppers who so generously made a donation to St Giles while they were buying from this fantastic local business. Their ongoing support makes a big difference to the services we can provide for our patients and their families and is so important in raising public awareness of the work that we do.

“Corporate support from companies like Zipvit is vital to us as it costs more than £10 million a year to provide our services and only a third of this total comes from Government funding. It is especially important after a year when we have been forced to close our shops and cancel fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve never needed our community more than we need it today and anything that local businesses can do to support our work is so important – their support really does go a long way. This is such a quick and simple way for Zipvit and its customers to support their local hospice but it really means the world to us, the patients we care for and their families. If any other businesses would be interested in helping St Giles then we’d be delighted to hear from them.”