Greenwich hospice in chase for £5,000 cash prize


A south London hospice is seeking local support in its quest to win top prize in a nationwide competition – and with it £5,000.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is one of 12 finalists from around the UK going before a public vote in the Selco Stars competition, which attracted hundreds of entries.

Leading builders merchants Selco Builders Warehouse – which has a branch on Kennett Road in Crayford – has organised the competition, designed to support charities and community groups.

Over each of the last six months, judges have selected two causes to receive £500 worth of building materials and now the shortlisted groups will be aiming to top a vote and land a cash windfall.

To vote for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, visit:

The hospice provides free care and support to people with terminal illness, as well as their families and carers. Around 2,500 people are cared for each year.

Louise Bishop, fundraiser for the hospice, said: “We are fortunate to have a stunning woodland setting but that means you have to go down a steep slope to reach our gardens.

“We need a new path to improve access, particularly for those in wheelchairs or who are physically frail.

“The garden is a calming, reflective and cheering place and appreciated by everyone at the hospice. If we could win the £5,000, it would go a long way to doing the work needed to make the garden accessible to everyone.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, added: “We were inundated with applicants from a host of good causes with outstanding credentials so Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice has done extremely well to be shortlisted.

“It does excellent work in the community and hopefully all local residents will get behind the charity in its quest to win an amount of money which would make a huge difference to the work it does.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days and for a minimum of 80 hours per week, Selco’s 66 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services and a café in branch, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click ‘N’ Deliver, a 30 minute Click & Collect service and a free Project List app which allows tradespeople to plan, manage and quote for all jobs – as well as complete purchases – through their smartphone.