THE highest ever amount raised by a Studley parish council chairman’s charity saw a bumper cheque handed over to the Shakespeare Hospice at the village’s annual parish meeting on Tuesday.
The hospice had been chosen by chairman Coun Paul Beaman and the money – £3,200 in total – was raised through a variety of events and donations organised throughout the year.
Jude Bowley, speaking on behalf of the hospice, emphasised again and again just how vital the donation was to the every day functioning of the hospice.
“The money you have raised is very important to the hospice,” said the former Studley junior school teacher.
“We are the lowest funded hospice in the country with just six per cent of our money coming from the NHS – everything else has to be raised, and we need to raise more than £2million a year.”
The hospice cares for more than 900 patients and their families across South Warwickshire, including Studley, with numbers steadily growing.
It has no overnight in-patient service but instead offers day care and a ‘Hospice at Home’.
“Our Hospice at Home supports patients so they can be with their families and we have nurses available if needed 24/7 and 365 days of the year at all hours and at all times,” said Jude.
“This means if patients need help then our nurses can go in and be there for them.”
The hospice also operates a service for young people, supports young carers and offers a bereavement service.
“The money you have donated could buy two recliner chairs for our day hospice and there’s almost enough for three pain relief syringe drivers, so your contribution is very valuable indeed,” added Jude.