Facts and figures

About hospice care

  • The hospice care sector supports more than 200,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the UK each year. This amounts to more than four in ten people of those estimated to need expert end of life care.
  • Hospices also have an important role in supporting people’s families, especially in providing bereavement support. A total of 46,000 people in the UK receive bereavement support from hospices each year.  
  • Hospices support people with a wide range of conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease, cardio-vascular diseases, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Hospices are increasingly supporting people with multiple life-limiting conditions.
  • The majority of hospice care (84 per cent) is provided in community-based settings, including home care/ hospice at home, outpatient services and hospice day care.
  • More than 125,000 people give their time to volunteer for hospices each year

For further information about hospice care, services and activities see our recent policy publications.

Funding for hospices

  • Charitable hospices in the UK raise the bulk of their funding through support from their local communities including: fundraising, hospice charity shops, legacies, hospice lotteries and investments. They receive some statutory funding although levels vary across the UK, between the different nations and also within different regions.
  • In Scotland hospices receive on average 39 per cent of their income from the Government, in England it is 32 per cent, in Northern Ireland it is 37 per cent and in Wales it is 27 per cent.  
  • On average children's hospices in the UK receive 15 per cent of their funding from the Government, less than a fifth of their expenditure.
  • Collectively, charitable hospices in the UK need to raise around £1billion a year from their local communities - which amounts to £2.7 million per day.
  • Hospices in the UK spent a total of £1.4 billion on their services in 2016 - of which £914 million was spent directly on care, with the remainder on costs including fundraising, compliance and governance.
  • For further financial information and trends from independent hospices, access our financial benchmarking page.

Contact us if you would like more information on any of the statistics on this page.


This series of infographics centres on the theme of how hospices can help the NHS improve choice and reduce costs for end of life care.

These infographics have been designed to be a simple yet powerful way of sharing some really important information which could, for example, be used to support hospices' discussions with local NHS colleagues.

Do let us know if you have any feedback on the infographics, and of any ways in which you use them.

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