Ipes chose the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation as its 2016 charity. Staff at Ipes Guernsey contributed to raising a total of £3,500 through a number of dedicated events such as taking part in an Olympics themed charity day, Bonfire night themed bake off, cake sales and raffles.
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation was set up by three times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx MBE and his wife Jo (pictured left) in 2003 following the premature births of both of their children. Andy and Jo felt that the support they received during and after each birth was amazing and this inspired them to form the Foundation.
The Foundation provides support to families in a numbers of ways including purchasing equipment for the local neonatal unit and accommodation in Southampton for families receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
Most recently the charity has raised £150,000 to buy a property next to Southampton Hospital called "The Burrow". This will provide much needed accommodation next to the Hospital. The fundraising focus has now gone into its next phase making the house into a home. Ipes’ funds will go towards this part of the project.
Ali Lihou of the Foundation says, "Ipes have been a huge support to us throughout 2016 and we are so appreciative of their fundraising. Ipes have often invited us into their offices where we have met the staff, judged cake baking competitions and took part in raffles, it’s been great fun and we have really enjoyed being part of their charity events. We’d like to thank Chris, Andrew and all of the staff for supporting us, it most definitely make a difference."
Chris Merry, Ipes’ Chief Executive says, "We are delighted to have supported The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation. Our staff have really got behind our fundraising efforts and I hope we have been able to make a difference through our contribution."
For more about the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation please visit: www.ppbf.org.gg