Local hospices celebrate funding boost

Two local hospices are celebrating receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra government funding.

Staff and volunteers at St Cuthbert's hospice celebrate

St Cuthbert’s Hospice, based in Merryoaks, and Willow Burn Hospice, based in Lanchester, have each been granted around £300,000 by the Department of Health to improve their facilities for patients.

Paul Marriott, Chief Executive of St Cuthbert’s Hospice, says that they plan to use their allocation of £282,369 to refurbish in-patient rooms and improve patient travel to the hospice.

He said: “This grant is absolutely fantastic news in our 25th year, and will enable us to make great improvements which will benefit both patients and their families here at St Cuthbert’s.

“This grant means that the money we raise locally, which we rely on, can continue to go towards providing the services needed by our community.”

Willow Burn Hospice, which opened in 1989, is planning to use its allocation of £356,438 to start on building a more modern facility which will eventually replace the existing hospice.

The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, announced the grants as part of £60 million of funding for improving hospices across England. In total ten North East hospices will benefit from £3 million of funds.

Mr Lamb said: “These funds will help hospices across the North East provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.”

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