EDITOR’S COMMENT: Hospice volunteers deserve our thanks

Barry Peters
Barry Peters
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Imagine you had £11,000 burning a hole in your pocket. What would you spend it on? Car, mortgage, holiday?

Well that’s exactly the amount it takes to run St Nicholas Hospice Care’s services for just one day.

On the eve of Hospice Care Week, reporter Bethany Whymark has taken a look at the work of the Bury St Edmunds hospice which has been – and continues to be – the focus of so much fund-raising year in, year out. And there’s a good reason for that.

Only a quarter of funding for the hospice comes from the NHS. Make of that what you will, but I would maintain a straw poll around Bury St Edmunds would result in both shock at that low figure and concern that 75% of funding had to be sourced elsewhere.

Perhaps that’s a question we should pose to all those political hopefuls who will be beating a path to our doors come the General Election next year.

In the meantime, let’s say a collective thank-you to the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time willingly and whose support is vital to keep its services going.