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‘Keep giving’ urges hospice

Kevin Clements of St Nicholas Hospice Care ENGANL00520130310154451
Kevin Clements of St Nicholas Hospice Care ENGANL00520130310154451

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.”


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