Published Thursday 23rd November 2017

St Michael’s beat five other projects to win top prize in the funding from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.

St Michael’s attracted 721 public votes during a six-week-long campaign after being shortlisted for the national renewable community energy competition in July.

Using solar energy will help reduce our overall running costs, making St Michael’s more financially sustainable now and into the future.

The winnings will be used to part-fund the installation of 107 solar panels.

The solar panels will provide enough energy to power the hospice and charge their electric vehicles, which will save 14tonnes (tCo2E) carbon dioxide emissions.

Mike Keel, the St Michael’s Hospice’s chief executive, said: “It’s been exciting to see the volume of interest in our M&S Community Energy Fund project.

‘Our supporters explored every avenue to share our campaign video and spread the word. It was a real community effort and we’d like to thank everyone who voted. This project demonstrates our ambition to be cost-effective and ensure St Michael’s is here in the future for everyone who needs us.’

St Michael’s is still keen to hear from anyone interested in helping to fund the remaining costs of the project. For more information email:

Watch our Sunshine for St Michael’s video here