Top notch metalwork hand crafted by inmates at a Doncaster prison is generating much needed funds for our hospice.
The prisoners have donated us some of the items they have made while studying for a City & Guilds welding engineering qualification at HMP Hatfield.
The latest batch of their handiwork – a collection of fire pits, wine racks, wall art, rocking chairs and decorative chickens – has the potential to raise over £250 for our Balby-based hospice.
Hospice fundraiser Lindsey Richards, from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really grateful as their products are excellent quality and very popular. They sell very quickly.
“Our relationship with HMP Hatfield started through Paul Newbury, of Novis, the prison’s education provider. Paul’s mum-in-law passed away at St John’s from cancer and he arranged for metal bullrushes and dragonflies to be made as a donation for our patient garden. Since then we have struck up a great friendship and appreciate everything he and the lads at the prison have done for us.”
The inmates are in the last 18 months of their sentence at HMP Hatfield, a category D prison.
Paul said: “The lads like to make items for their mums but when I and colleague Chris George asked if they would be willing to donate some to the hospice as well, they had no hesitation in agreeing.”
Staff Nurse Kariesha Brownless and Clinical Team Leader Sam Edwards are pictured with the donated metalwork, alongside the van from Thyme Served, the prison’s own shop.
St John’s Hospice