SHAKESPEARE Hospice has launched a £500,000 appeal to help continue funding vital services.
Shakespeare Hospice chief executive Angie Arnold says it is becoming increasingly difficult for the charity to finance all its services which provides care and support to those with terminal illnesses and their families.
The Shottery-based hospice, which last year helped over 1,000 adults and young people, has now launched the £500,000 fund-raising campaign to continue financing services including daycare at its hospice in Shottery, along with its ‘hospice-at-home’ care and bereavement counselling for families and children.
Altogether the hospice will need to secure total funding of £2.4million – with just over a just over a tenth of the figure funded by the NHS.
Ms Arnold said: “We are working in challenging times and raising funds in an increasingly competitive market. Demand for our services is growing year upon year and we want to be able to help more people. As our population’s needs change, the complexities of caring for those with a life-limiting illness is also changing and we must be able to respond to this.
“The gravity of our situation is clear, we need to raise more money to meet the increasing demand for our services. Our local community is so supportive and we need more regular donors.”
She added a small monthly donation would help allow the charity to plan for the future and develop new services.
Visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk for more details on donating.
Alternatively people can text ‘tshdonate3′ to donate £3, ‘tshdonate5’ to donate £5 or ‘tshdonate10’ to donate £10 to 70500.