£60 million boost for local hospices

23 April 2013

The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb has announced the allocation of £60m funding for hospices across England to improve the physical environment in which they provide care. The Department of Health awarded 176 grants to support a wide variety of projects, including improvements to day therapy facilities and developing outreach services to support people in their own homes.

Wigan & Leigh Hospice in Hindley has been awarded £510,000 which will be used to support the building of a new outreach facility within its grounds to house its therapy and counselling services, outpatient clinics and provide a base for its expanding community nursing team including the new Hospice in your Home service to be launched later this year. The balance of around £1 million will be funded by the Hospice itself.

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This is the third capital grant programme delivered by the Department of Health and administered by Help the Hospices, the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK.

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan & Leigh Hospice said:

"We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant, which will help us to better support more local people with life-limiting conditions beyond the current 1,000 patients a year that we currently care for, as well as their friends and families. By launching our new Hospice in your Home service we can support more patients and their families in the place they feel most comfortable. The new building will help us to realise this goal but it will also provide modern state-of-the-art facilities with a beautiful outlook over local woodlands."
 
Together, hospices in the UK care for 360,000 people each year, including patients and their families and carers. The majority of this care is provided in peoples' own homes, but people can also access day care, in-patient care and outpatient services within hospice buildings. Hospices are reliant on voluntary donations to run their vital services and collectively have to raise more than £1.5 million every single day from their local community.

Due to the exceptional demand for this scheme, the vast majority of projects were awarded a proportion of the full amount requested. In these challenging times, investment in hospices is vital so they can modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

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