Hospiscare predicts £1million loss in coronavirus crisis and launches ‘urgent’ fundraising appeal

Hospiscare has launched an ‘urgent’ fundraising appeal after the charity predicts it will lose £1million in donations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity, which gives specialist end-of-life care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, is asking people to donate to the cause as Hospiscare keeps its doors open during the coronavirus crisis.

It predicts it will lose £1million over the next three months due to Covid-19, and is seeking urgent financial help from the public.

Hospiscare said donations would be down this year now its charity shops were shut and fundraising activities curtailed as part of the UK lockdown to save lives and protect the NHS.

Andrew Randall, Hospiscare chief executive, said: “We are calling on our community to help us. We need them more than ever before.

“We have lost all income from our fundraising events and public facing activities, including our shops.

“We are likely to have a loss of over £1million by the end of June. We of course understand that everyone is in the same situation and people must prioritise their family, but if anyone has the financial ability to give to Hospiscare we are asking for your help – and to donate today.”

He added: “Thank you to everyone continuing to support us and our wonderful team who are doing an incredible job keeping our services going in this difficult time.”

The charity helps around 2,500 people every year through its specialist ward in Exeter and community nursing services that allow patients to be cared for at home.

Hospiscare said it supports local families through some of the most difficult times in their lives, thanks to the help of the community.

The charity relies on fundraising, receiving 15 per cent backing from the NHS.

The government’s lockdown to save lives means the charity has cancelled its fundraising events for the foreseeable future and closed its charity shops.

Hospiscare has three sites in Devon, Searle House in Exeter – a 12-bed ward and day hospice, Kings House in Honiton and Pine Lodge in Tiverton – both provide day hospice services.

High View centre in Exmouth is a nursing and fundraising hub for East Devon.

Hospiscare also offers care in the community with Hospiscare@Home in Exmouth and Budleigh, and Seaton and Axminster.

There are a number of ways that you can support Hospiscare, by taking part in the weekly draw by clicking here, or by giving a one-off donation, or a gift in a will.

For more information about supporting the charity, see here, or call 01392 688020.

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