The Wigan Observer has launched the Helping Hand campaign in recognition that the hospice needs an additional £10,000 this year to cover the costs of the additional day in this leap year.
This is the amount the hospice has to raise every day so that it can continue running all of the services we currently provide.
Dr Alan Baron, Chief Executive, said: “Even though we are a charity, the Hospice delivers a key NHS service and costs over £5million every year to run. We are looking after more and more patients every year, facing the challenge of caring for people who are often suffering from more than one life-limiting condition.
“The hospice provides excellent care for people who have been diagnosed with incurable, progressive illnesses and I feel privileged to work here. In the last 12 months alone our community nursing teams made over 6,000 visits to patients living in their own homes across the Borough. In the hospice building, we cared for over 250 patients on our beautiful inpatient unit and have provided counselling, complementary therapy, a day service and bereavement support to patients and their loved ones. Our hospice building in Hindley is a fantastic facility which belongs to the people of Wigan and Leigh and they should be proud of what together we have achieved have achieved over almost four decades of care.
“We receive less than a third of our running costs from the NHS and without the support of our wonderful local community we simply wouldn’t be here.
“Raising income is a challenge for most hospices - eight in ten (82 per cent) of charitable hospices surveyed by Hospice UK say they are planning a deficit budget this financial year.
“This is why the Helping Hand campaign is so important. We need to raise almost £10,000 every day to ensure we can continue providing our specialist care and to ensure that the hospice is here for future generations.
“I’d like to thank the Wigan Post and Observer for their support over the years and for launching this campaign on behalf of the patients, families, volunteers and staff at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.”
Donations can be made by phoning 01942 525566 or via the button at the bottom of this page.
Simply select ‘Wigan Observer Helping Hand campaign’ from the drop-down menu.
To continue supporting the hospice for the other 365 days of the year please consider making a regular donation. A regular monthly donation is an income the hospice can rely on and means we can better plan our finances.