You might have seen that the Chief Executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice has spoken about the impact of the cost of living crisis on the hospice.

Just like other hospices across the country and other charities in Wigan Borough the cost of living crisis is impacting us too.

It is a challenging time for everyone but the hospice has been established for almost 40 years with the love of our community and will continue caring for patients for many years.

Jo Carby, Chief Executive, said: “The cost of living crisis is affecting Wigan and Leigh Hospice as it is affecting everyone. We are experiencing a rise in food costs, in staffing costs and other price increases.

“People are struggling which means we are receiving fewer donations than this time last year and the income of our charity shops has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Some are choosing to reduce the amount they spend on our weekly lottery or cancelling their subscriptions altogether.

“The hospice is a charity and has to raise around £10,000 every day in order to keep all of our services running and provide care for over 1,200 patients every year. This is very difficult in the current financial climate.

“However, we are exploring new ways of generating additional income and we are looking at practical measures we can take to reduce energy costs. Our community can help by fundraising, joining our weekly lottery, visiting our shops and using Gift Aid to make donations go further.”

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