Friday, 06 March 2015

Peace Hospice Care announced this week that it would be rethinking its service priorities in response to a disappointing fall in income.

Like many charities, the Hospice has seen a fall in its charitable income and as a result, has had to redefine its focus.  This has meant that the Hospice will be proposing cutting back in some areas including its work with schools and colleges, social work activities and in some of its work with children.

It costs over £5 million each year to run the Hospice's services with just £1 million each year coming from statutory sources. Peace Hospice Care needs to raise £4.2 million in charitable income every year which helps to support patients across South West Herts with a life limiting illness.

Hospice Chief Executive, Sue Plummer said 'Due to increased financial pressures, we're having to take action now to reprioritise our focus for the coming year.  Despite our best efforts, we have seen a steady decline in income at our shops which has meant that we need to plan for a future with less funds available.  We know that demand for our services will continue to increase and it's important that we plan in such a way now that means that we can continue to deliver key services over the coming years.'

Peace Hospice Care provides an inpatient unit, a day service delivered through its Starlight Centre, a Hospice at Home service and a bereavement and counselling service.  It provides care to around 1,500 people across South West Hertfordshire every year facing a life limiting illness.

For more information on the work of Peace Hospice Care call 01923 330330.

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