‘Keep giving’ urges hospice

Kevin Clements of St Nicholas Hospice Care ENGANL00520130310154451
Kevin Clements of St Nicholas Hospice Care ENGANL00520130310154451
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The fund raising boss of St Nicholas Hospice Care has urged supporters to carry on fund raising after the charity signed a ground breaking deal with the NHS.

West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group has committed to continuing its annual £1.1 million grant for St Nicholas Hospice Care for the next four years, in an agreement which is one the first of its kind between a clinical commissioning group and a hospice.

But Kevin Clements, the charity’s director of fundraising and marketing, has stressed this is not new money coming into the hospice.

He said: “It is important for people to know that in addition to this grant we still need to raise £11,000 every day to provide our expanding services, which care for the West Suffolk and Thetford communities.

“Our NHS funding covers under a quarter of our actual funding requirements.

“While we are pleased to have signed this four-year grant agreement, we still need the help and support of the communities if the hospice is to continue supporting people facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses, and to help make living with dying better.”