Hundreds of workers at a Nelson manufacturing plant are forgoing a Christmas ham from the boss in order to make a substantial donation to Nelson Tasman Hospice.
Murray Sturgeon, managing director of Nelson Pine Industries, has this week presented the hospice with a pre-Christmas donation of $20,000, as he has done for the past 20 years.
He says the management of the company, which is one of the world’s largest producers of MDF, “took an executive decision” in the 1990s to donate the value of a staff gift to Hospice instead, as they considered it a worthy cause.
“In the early days we had a couple of employees who went through the hospice and that’s what prompted us to consider it. The staff and volunteers there do a fantastic job,” Murray says.
He says staff had always been supportive of the decision. About 230 people work in the Lower Queen St, Richmond, business – across manufacturing, marketing and administration.
Murray encouraged other businesses to consider making a similar donation at this time of year.
Nelson Pine Industries has also supported Nelson Tasman Hospice by making a significant “in kind” donation when supplying laminated veneer lumber (LVL), a high-performance engineered wood product, for use in the hospice’s under-construction building in Suffolk Rd, Stoke.
Hospice fundraising and marketing manager Paul McIntyre says it is a wonderful donation.
“It’s incredible to think Murray has been dropping off a cheque this size for 20 years.
“On behalf of staff, patients and their families we want to thank him and all the staff at NPI for their generosity at Christmas. Donations such as these enable us to deliver free palliative care to all those in the region.
“Murray and NPI support so many causes in the Nelson Tasman region and many organisations would struggle without their generosity.”