National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has launched an emergency appeal to save its end-of-life services, following concerns about the future of places like its Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham.
Before the coronavirus pandemic its statutory funding only covered a third of the costs involved in running the charity’s end of life care.
Sue Ryder bridged that gap with fundraising efforts and income from its 450 shops nationwide.
With fundraising events now cancelled and its shops closed, the charity warns it 'has a matter of months before it will have to close its hospices and hospice at home services across the country'.
Sue Ryder will have a funding gap of £12 million over the next three months.
NEWS: @Sue_Ryder has launched an emergency appeal to save its end of life services, following concerns about the future of places like its Leckhampton Court Hospice in #Cheltenham. #covid19UKhttps://t.co/Rl6DbZXbK0 pic.twitter.com/OFQLVkyEcP— The Breeze (@TheBreezeCG) April 7, 2020
Heidi Travis, Chief Executive at Sue Ryder, said: "The funding shortfall comes at a time when the NHS is relying on Sue Ryder to support them in caring for thousands of families as part of the fight against COVID-19.
"The charity continues to plead with the Government for emergency funding, but in desperation has now turned to the public in a bid to save its hospices.
“We have been calling on the Government to support us but no funding has materialised.
“The country will lose its hospices at a time when they are needed most.
“This is a plea and no less, we cannot wait any longer.
“Our doctors and nurses are working night and day to provide end of life care to more people now and in the coming weeks, than ever before.
“We are a critical front-line support service in the fight against coronavirus yet we are on the brink of closure.
“We are all facing something we have never faced before and we are asking the public to give whatever you can afford to help us to help those who need it most.”
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