A LEADING holiday provider has extended its charity partnership with Together for Short Lives, which supports seriously ill children and their families - cared for by Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. 

The partnership with Center Parcs, which began in 2016, has so far raised over £1.7m for the 99,000 children living with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families in the UK.

The funds raised have given vital support to the UK’s 54 children’s hospices in the UK, including Jigsaw.

As well as match-funding donations made by guests when making bookings, Center Parcs colleagues have been taking on their own fundraising challenges across its five villages in England, including Whinfell Forest in Cumbria.

News and Star: Center Parcs staff taking part in hospice-run events, Bikes Boots and BoatsCenter Parcs staff taking part in hospice-run events, Bikes Boots and Boats (Image: Jigsaw)

From running the London Marathon to holding duck races, hosting auctions to ‘all in a day’ fundraisers, colleagues have been doing all they can to raise vital funds for families caring for a seriously ill child.   

At Jigsaw, support has been offered by colleagues taking part in fundraising events such as Bikes Boats Boots and donating items to staff and patients.

Glen Franklin, village director at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, said: "We’re thrilled to be extending our partnership with Together for Short Lives.

"The team at Whinfell Forest really value being able to make a difference to local families through our partnership with Jigsaw, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work together over the next four years," he said. 

Kate Allison, team lead at Jigsaw, said: "We’re absolutely delighted with the news that Center Parcs is continuing its incredible support for Together for Short Lives and therefore, us here at Jigsaw.

News and Star: Kate Allinson team lead at JigsawKate Allinson team lead at Jigsaw (Image: Jigsaw)

"By supporting their local children’s hospice, the team at Center Parcs are helping us to continue caring for local children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses.  

“The time the children and young people spend at Jigsaw helps them make memories that will last a lifetime and we’re really grateful Center Parcs can support us to do that going forward," she said.