Protect Your Local Hospice

Protect Your Local Hospice

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A letter from our Chief Executive, Patricia Livsey

In these uncertain times, I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and our thoughts are with everyone in the area.

Eden Valley Hospice, your local hospice, has been caring for local people with both cancer and non cancer life limiting illnesses for over 29 years. We’re still here in this time of crisis and absolutely committed to supporting our community, but your help is needed now in order for this to continue.

Please, if you can, donate and keep vital services in your community available for those in need, now, and into the future.

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact across the country, with no area left untouched. As a specialist healthcare provider, we are now treating local people with the virus, ensuring every family receives end of life care filled with compassion and dignity - something that hospice care is so deeply rooted in.

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern day hospice movement

The care provided here is completely free of charge for those who need to access it – families, friends, neighbours, colleagues. However, it costs over £450 per hour to deliver this care, and as a local charity, we have to fund the first £350.

Like you, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the NHS during this battle. Our frontline hospice nurses and medics are caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We are working in partnership with our NHS colleagues to help relieve some of the pressure. However, what sets us apart is that we rely on charitable donations to cover 80% of our running costs and it’s heart-breaking to see the effect coronavirus has had on our fundraising activities.

At a time when fundraising activities have stopped and our charity shops have been forced to close, we’re in the unfortunate situation whereby the need for specialist, compassionate care is increasing but charitable income has taken a drastic downturn. The government recently announced some support for hospices, but we know this will not completely cover our fundraising shortfall and need your help. Please, if you can, donate the gift of care and protect your hospice. Any amount will make a real difference to those in your community who are facing the most difficult of times.

We rely heavily on the support from our community and are always overwhelmed by the kindness shown by each and every one of you. This is one of the most challenging times I’ve seen in my nursing career, but I know our community will come together to protect the future of local hospice care.

If you can, please donate during these toughest of times so the care received by local people and their families can continue.

With my thanks and very best wishes,

Chief Executive