A check for 3,700 euros was handed over. The fundraising campaign was launched at this year’s company run.

A place to live and laugh, but also to die and mourn – the Balthasar Children’s Hospice in Olpe. An institution that accompanies children, adolescents and their parents on their most difficult journey. The money from the fundraising campaign launched during this year’s AOK company run will go to the children’s hospice in support of this amazing project. TSL-ESCHA GmbH, Werner Turck GmbH, Turck duotec GmbH and their employees donated a total of 3,700 euros. The Turck Group has been raising funds in connection with the company run since 2013.

“We will use it to help finance our respite care, as we take in entire families. It also pays for music therapy and clinic clowns”, said Katharina Alber, public relations officer of the children’s hospice, delighted with the support. Families can visit the hospice for up to 28 days per year following diagnosis.“We put priority on making the remaining time as pleasant as possible for the children and their families.”As a token of gratitude, Katharina Alber brought along a stuffed animal, the Balthasar sheep, to the donation check handover.

“Every year it is great to see how our employees manage to raise funds for donation on the occasion of the company run.The Balthasar Children’s Hospice is a special institution and we are pleased to be able to support it.The team does an extraordinary job,” says Lutz Höfer, Managing Director of TSL-ESCHA.

The Balthasar was opened in 1998 as the first children’s hospice in Germany. The first youth hospice was then added in Olpe in 2009. It can accommodate up to eight children and four adolescents. Since parents and siblings are also accommodated, there are up to 50 people in the hospice at times. Over 4,000 children become terminally ill in Germany every year. As a result of advances in medicine and medical technology, sick children who only a few years ago would have died in childhood can now reach adolescence and young adulthood.

The photo of the donation check handover shows Joachim Göddertz (Managing Director Werner Turck, back row from left), Frank von der Höh (Orga-Team), Lutz Höfer (Managing Director TSL-ESCHA), Christoph Brameier (Head of Project Management Turck duotec), Gabriele Schmidt (Orga-Team, front row from left), Katharina Alber (Balthasar Children’s Hospice) and Mareike Haaß (Turck duotec).