Our doctors, nurses and support teams are continuing to help over 880 terminally ill patients and their families to navigate the turmoil of their illness and the current crisis, both in their homes and in the Hospice Inpatient Unit. The team must get used to delivering that care from behind a mask and gloves and without the hugs which come so naturally to them.
Like you, we don’t know how long this is going to last, but we do know that every day more people will be diagnosed with a terminal illness and will be referred to our care. We know that some people will die before their time because of the coronavirus and we want them to also experience the comfort and dignity which our Hospice provides.
We also know that many more people will need the support of our bereavement services as families and friends will be left devastated by the sudden loss of those they love and by not being able to say goodbye properly.
We have had to cancel all our fundraising activities and close our fourteen charity shops. Our services have always been very dependent on the support of our local community – but most of this income has suddenly vanished.
We have some savings to get us through difficult times but these will run out later this year if we don’t receive enough help. We are asking the government for support in this crisis and also asking you to help secure our future.