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100,000 thanks from hospice

Posted onPosted on 14th Oct

A hospice is celebrating a major funding boost that will allow the charity to continue its vital work during the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of £100,000 has been awarded to Beaumond House Hospice Care, Newark, from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Hospice chief executive Debbie Abrams said they were grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for its support.

“It is an incredible sum of money and because it is a direct grant to help us to continue to deliver our frontline care services, we know that they are secured for now,” she said.

“This fund has also given us the breathing space needed to review our vision and values and update our objectives to inform our strategic direction in these unprecedented times.”

Debbie said that 2021 would be even more difficult for Beaumond House as there will be less government support and grants available, which have ensured its survival this year.

“Raising the funds we need for Beaumond House Hospice Care will always be a challenge, but we remain positive and constantly overwhelmed by the support we receive from our community,” she said.

Louise Sinclair, head of clinical services, added: “The funding will make a huge difference to our ability to continue to deliver the best care we can to local people.

“It means we can continue to support patients and their families by providing physical and psychological support, allowing patients to spend their last days in their preferred place of care, with any symptoms effectively managed, surrounded by support for them and their family at what can be one of life’s most difficult times.

“Thanks to the Government for making this possible.”

The pandemic has brought increasing challenges for the hospice. Its charity shops were closed for three months and many fundraising events cancelled.

Each year the hospice provides care for more than 500 patients and their families. There is no charge to the patients but Beaumond House needs £1.3m each year to continue to give care and support, of which 65% has to be raised through the generosity of the public and local businesses year on year.

Head of fundraising and marketing Cathy Lowe said the support they received from the community was always wonderful and has been exceptional this year. “But it is vital that it continues to ensure that we can give local people the support and choices they deserve at the end of their life,” she added.

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