We have put out a call for help as we continue to deliver our services to those with life-limiting illnesses in the local community during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are asking individuals and organisations to share our messages on social media, to help us raise vital funds so we can continue to deliver our essential services and for donations of type IIR fluid resistant surgical masks.
Our income has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, with fundraising events postponed and our 11 charity shops closed. We are continuing, however, to support patients both in our Inpatient Unit and in the community. We estimate that we stands to lose up to £2.4 million against our budgeted income for 2020/21.
Speaking about the impact, Declan Carroll, Chief Executive of Peace Hospice Care, said: “We are still taking referrals for our services and our priority is to continue to care for patients and their families safely at this challenging time. The local community has been fantastic in helping us to do that – with donated items and money as well as many messages of support, we are so very grateful.
“We know that this is such a difficult time for everyone but we are asking for help. Whilst we do have robust reserves to mitigate events such as these, we are doing everything possible to minimise our reliance on these reserves given the uncertain future we face. So, we’re asking the local community to carry on supporting us in any way they can:
- with donations of Personal Protective Equipment – in particular, type IIR fluid resistant surgical masks
- making monetary donations via our website: peacehospicecare.org.uk/donate
- keeping hold of unwanted items that they might want to donate, until our charity shops are open again and can receive them
- sharing our news on social media so that more people are aware of our free services and how, and who, we help.”
We continue to support patients in our Inpatient Unit and in the community in patients’ homes. We are also using technology to support some patients remotely to ensure they continue to receive care, support and advice at this difficult time.