Hospice UK welcomes financial support from the Government for charitable hospices

Aug 20, 2019

Today the Government has pledged extra financial support worth £25 million for charitable hospices in England, in recognition of the challenges they are facing.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:

“We are pleased that the Government has responded to Hospice UK’s call for extra funding for charitable hospices in England and recognises that many are currently overstretched, amidst rising service costs and increasing demand for the care they provide.

“While this funding boost is welcome and timely, many charitable hospices are facing grave, financial challenges in the long-term and need to raise over £1billion a year in a very tough fundraising climate. As demand grows and costs increase, the need for funding rises every year. The support pledged today is an important first step to help protect the vital care provided by charitable hospices for people with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Notes to editor:

  • Charitable hospices across the UK support more than 200,000 people each year.
  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care.
  • For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk

Media enquiries: 

Please contact Suzanne Stevenson, Head of Media and PR, on 020 7520 8296 or by email at s.stevenson@hospiceuk.org For out of hours media enquiries please call 07881 940 318.

 

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