St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds to get £326,488 grant from Government’s £60m pot

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St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds is to get £326,488 in Government funding.

The money is coming from a £60m Government pot towards improving hospice care across the country.

Close to £5.5m of that is to be spent at 19 hospices in the East of England.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will get three grants totalling £780,439.

The cash has been given to the hospices to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers. whilst also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life.

“This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.

“And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: “Every one of us has the right to the best quality of care at the end of our lives - hospices play an integral role in helping to deliver this.

“This fund will help hospices across the East of England provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.”

David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

“Currently, too many people do not get the care they want or need and the numbers needing care continue to increase. “Together, we face the challenge to ensure that people receive the best possible care at the end of life, irrespective of where they choose to be cared for, where they live or what condition they have.

“This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided.”