‘Keep giving’ urges hospice
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.”