THE SHAKESPEARE Hospice will continue caring for people at home over the holidays thanks to a generous donation.
The charity’s Hospice at Home service provides registered nurses and healthcare assistants to look after those with life-limiting illnesses in their own homes.
And the Heart of England Community Foundation has donated £10,000, which will enable the team to carry out around 100 visits this Christmas.
Hospice chief executive Angie Arnold said: “It is hugely important to keep families together at home during the Christmas period and that’s why our Hospice at Home team is so important.
“Our day hospice runs over five days per week and the 24/7 Hospice at Home Service is crucial in providing support to patients who are in their last few weeks or days of life, and enables those who wish to die at home to do so in the comfort and with dignity.
“The demand for the services has increased by 35 per cent from the previous year and we’re very grateful for the grant to help support the service this festive season.”
The Heart of England Community Foundation manages funds on behalf of individuals, companies and trusts in the region and awards the money to charities.
Chief executive Tina Costello said: “The Hospice at Home Service is invaluable to these patients and helps their families at what can be a very vulnerable time.
“We’re very happy that this donation has helped the hospice to continue offering this service and provide their exceptional standard of palliative care in to patients in their own homes.”