This winter, we need YOUR help to support our services as we fight for better financial support.
Since 1982, Hospiscare has been at the forefront of specialist palliative care within our community; over the years, a source of comfort for hundreds of people coping with a terminal illness. However, in the past few years, with the onset of COVID-19 and then the cost-of-living crisis, we have faced financial pressures like never before.
It costs over £29,500 to run Hospiscare each day with operational costs rising by 13% this year alone. We receive only 18% of our funding from the Integrated Care Board (ICB), the local organisation that allocates government healthcare funding. This is well below the national average of 37% that other hospices receive.
We are seeing increasing numbers needing our help as our share of the 50,000 people who missed out on care during COVID-19, are now needing urgent attention. We are also seeing increases in the number of younger people needing our care, people like Emma, whose husband Nick shares their story below.
As a result, we are currently campaigning for an additional £1.4 million from the ICB to enable us to continue running our specialist end-of-life services at the current level.
Will YOU help us bridge the gap whilst we negotiate with the ICB and continue to provide compassionate end-of-life care?