ST ROCCO’S Hospice is celebrating a generous donation after being chosen as charity of the year by a speciality chemicals business.

Ingevity donated $30,000 (£21,159) to the Hospice as part of their IngeviCares programme which aims to reinvest a portion of revenue and time back into non-profit organisations.

Steve Hulme, vice president of the business, and Clare Connolly, human resources assistant, were welcomed to the Bewsey hospice to hand over the donation.

Clare said: ‘‘As a member of the IngeviCares Charity Committee, it has been an absolute honour to make this donation to St Rocco’s Hospice as part of Ingevity’s vision to be a positive influence in local communities.

“Having a personal connection to the hospice myself means that this donation is even more special, and I know first-hand how valued the money raised will be in supporting patient care.”

Ingevity’s support does not end at this donation as they will also be the headline sponsor at the hospice’s seventh Strictly St Rocco’s event in December.

Nicola Henshaw, senior relationships fundraiser at St Rocco’s, said: “The money raised means that the hospice can continue to provide high-quality palliative care to the people in Warrington who need us most and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the team for their generosity.

‘‘We are looking forward to what is hopefully a long partnership with Ingevity.’’