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Parcel delivery firm Evri, formerly known as Hermes UK, is celebrating the opening of its new Gatwick depot by donating £2,000 to St Catherine’s Hospice.

Hospice worker Emma Peadon received the donation from depot manager Stephen Byrnes, in the form of a giant cheque, at a ceremony at the new depot (pictured).

Evri said the new 81,671sq ft distribution depot, which is located at Manor Royal, will double parcel handling capacity in the area to support local demand.

Peadon welcomed the donation: “The pandemic has meant many of our fundraising events and activities haven’t gone ahead in the last two years, so we’re facing a severe shortfall in our funding," she said.

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“We are extremely grateful to business like Evri whose support helps ensure that we can continue to provide expert hospice care and ensure we’re there for local people when life comes full circle.”

Stephen Byrnes added: “We’re incredibly excited to be opening our new facility, where we’ll be able to handle 200,000 parcels each day, double our previous capacity.

“We take our ESG responsibilities very seriously and the depot comes complete with EV charging to support our electric vehicle ParcelShop fleet, LED lighting on sensors throughout, rainwater harvesting, low carbon heating, solar panels and is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified specifications.

“We have also been able to show our support for the local community from day one and make a donation to this fantastic charity.”