A CHARITY has struck gold after it got double its usual contribution from a healthcare firm.
GE Healthcare had chosen The Hospice of St Francis as one of their charities of the year.
Bosses were all set to hand over £5,000 to help hospice staff look after people with life-limiting illnesses.
But then they heard about organisation The Big Give, which was set up by Sir Alec Reed from Reed Recruitment.
Hundreds of charities nationwide uploaded their details to its website to promote themselves.
Then anybody who donated through it in December had their donation matched by The Big Give.
GE Healthcare director Ian Dale then paid the £5k on behalf of his firm.
He said: “Our total donation for 2010 amounted to £13,500 to support the great work of the hospice.”