Coronavirus - Statement and Urgent Community Appeal

Following the Government and NHS guidance with regard to Coronavirus planning we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily close our Day Hospice and Transitional Care Service from Wednesday, 18th March.

The safety of our patients, staff and volunteers is our priority and we hope these measures will limit the spread of Covid-19.   Staff will maintain contact and support our patients via regular telephone calls.   Our community Hospice at Home service, Adult Counselling and Children’s Bereavement Services will continue to operate.

We will continue to work closely with our local healthcare providers to ensure our patients will continue to receive high quality supportive and palliative care.

We wish all of our supporters well during this difficult time for everyone. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

The Shakespeare Hospice is working with local health care providers to ensure the Hospice at Home team can continue to operate this essential service.   The Hospice, like many other charities, are concerned with the impact that Covid-19 will have on income generation.   The Hospice is 89% voluntary funded and planned fundraising events through to the end of June have already been cancelled or postponed. 

The retail shops have seen a decline in footfall and donations and are expecting to lose at least 80% of the income they need to operate for the next three months and probably beyond.

Angie Arnold, CEO, issued this statement;

We at the Shakespeare Hospice recognise that we are living with uncertainty and operating in unprecedented times.   The economic impact of Covid-19 will have a significant impact on the financial sustainability of the Hospice, and more than ever we need our community to continue to support us and help raise the essential funds to ensure the Hospice at Home team can continue to operate at this difficult time.   Our Hospice at Home service costs £1250 a day to run.   Through regular giving, for example with a small monthly gift, you can make a real difference.   It is very easy to set up regular giving for the Shakespeare Hospice by visiting the website www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk and the link is on the front page. 

If you, our amazing community, can help us by making a donation large or small during this challenging time, we will be most appreciative.

Thank you for your continued support, all of us at the Hospice send our very best wishes to you all.

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