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10th Aug, 2022

Fears pandemic after-effects will continue strain on hospice service

A NURSING charity fears the after-effects of the pandemic could continue to put strain on services for those who want to die at home.

Shipston Home Nursing, is appealing for support in anticipation of another difficult financial year. The impact of fewer fund-raising events during the pandemic, and a limited calendar of events planned for this year, is taking its toll on the charity’s income.

The hospice at home charity, which cares for adults with incurable illnesses wanting to stay in the comfort of their own homes, provides free of charge nursing for patients in Shipston, Wellesbourne, Kineton and the surrounding villages.

As the need for its hospice at home services continue to grow, there is concern fewer community events and goodwill they generate, may reduce and put a strain on the charity’s finances.

In a normal year nearly 90 per cent of care costs is funded by donations and events. But, since most of the planned events in 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic and remaining limited in 2021, the charity’s forecasted income is drastically reduced.

Andrew Revell, executive director of Shipston Home Nursing, said: “Like so many other charities, 2020 was challenging, we have been both delighted and humbled by the generosity of our friends and local supporters, but we don’t take this generosity for granted. We continue to nurse more patients, year on year, and have seen an increase in those wishing to die at home.

“We are acutely aware that there are many other incredibly good causes. However, in this uncertain environment, with an increased demand for our services and reduced income, the charity needs to be to able plan with confidence to ensure that we can continue to care for everyone who needs us.”

The charity is calling on residents to set up a regular monthly donation, if possible, to help ensure the charity remains sustainable for the foreseeable future.

Visit shipstonhomenursing.enthuse.com/profile to donate.

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