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Adam and Rachael Serfontein

One of the North East’s leading businessmen and his wife have pledged their support to an initiative to help raise vital funds for the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle.

Adam Serfontein, who raised money to Pay for a Day at the Newcastle hospice with his wife, Rachael

Adam Serfontein and his wife Rachael have donated £6,584 to the Pay for a Day appeal, which covers the cost of funding specialist round-the-clock care for 24 hours at the hospice.

The couple have chosen December 18 as the day they will support the hospice, and hope to encourage individuals, groups and businesses to follow their lead in the season of goodwill by donating or committing to fundraise for the hospice.

Mr Serfontein, managing director of The Hanro Group - one of the region’s largest commercial property companies - is a Pro Chancellor and Deputy Chair of Northumbria University and Chair of NE1, Newcastle’s business improvement company. He also Chair’s the Marie Curie Hospice Development Board, which has raised over £550,000 in the last four years. The funds help maintain and develop the hospice, which provides specialist care for people living with terminal illness coupled with support for their families.

Through Pay for a Day, individual people, couples – like Rachael and I – groups or businesses can fund 24 hours of care at this fantastic hospice. We chose December 18 because it's exactly a week before Christmas, and is a very fitting time to think of people for whom time is limited. It is a privilege to be able to do this. To know you are helping to sustain the vital care and outstanding levels of support the hospice provides is a very good feeling. People don’t come to Marie Curie to die; they come to live. To enable the fantastic team to help these people and their families, just for one day in that quest, is a great thing to be able to do.
Adam Serfontein
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