OLDHAM-based outsourcing specialist Unity Partnership has hit its £10,000 target for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

After setting the target 18 months ago, the 360 staff has since hosted a variety of events including cake bakes, curry clubs, sit up challenges and seasonal raffles.

Unity Partnership’s community liaison officer, Akddus Khan, said: “We are extremely proud of what our staff and teams have achieved.

"This is the largest donation we have ever made to a charity and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without dedication, commitment and plenty of fun!”

In May, a team of 10 runners took to the streets of Manchester to complete the Manchester 10k race, with several people tackling their first run ever.

Unity's contact centre team, whichlast year won the Oldham Council TOP award for Front Line Services, have also regularly donated all the proceeds they raised from their tuck shop.

The Dr Kershaw's Hospice at Home service works alongside and in addition to, services provided by the community nursing team, home care providers and Macmillan nurses.

It allows patients to remain in their own home if requested and to help prevent any unnecessary admissions to the hospital.

David Whaley, income generation and communications manager at Dr Kershaw's, said: “We are thrilled that Unity Partnership chose us as their corporate charity.

"The money they have raised is invaluable to the work we do and will provide a huge amount of much needed time and support for the people within our community who really need it.

"As a charity, we rely on donations such as these to fund our work and we can’t thank the staff and team enough for their amazing effort in raising so much money.”

Unity Partnership provide professional, outsourced services to both public and private sector clients, specialising in local authorities - including Oldham Council - and the education sector.