Our Chief Executive Andy Goldsmith has welcomed the announcement that that there will be an extra £125 million in funding for hospices in England as part of the Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan. 

He said: "As with all hospices and many other charities, Hope House has had, and continues to have an extremely challenging 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We anticipate that restrictions on our ability to fundraise will continue well into 2021, until the rollout of vaccines enable people to gather again and take part in great fundraising events.

"I welcome the announcement from the Government that there will be an extra £125 million available to hospices this winter, although we don’t know yet how this will be distributed or if we will receive any funding. 

"Our fundraising income has fallen by over £400,000 this year on top of our charity shops moving from contributing over £800,000 last year to making a loss of almost £400,000 in 2020. We are incurring substantial costs of additional PPE which are amounting to £78 per child, per night.

“This has put an unprecedented financial strain on us, and having further financial support from the Government will further help us navigate through these uncertain times.  

“Our supporters have been incredible throughout the pandemic, making donations and taking part in our virtual events, but we are not through this yet and still need your help.” 

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