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A big thank you from Princess Alice Hospice

It was a pleasure to welcome John French, Deputy Provincial Grand Master; John Coleman, Provincial Almoner; Steve Jones, Provincial Charity Steward; David Lawrence, Charity Liaison Officer; and Bob Tuthill, Provincial Photographer to Princess Alice Hospice on Tuesday 28th September 2021.

A big thank you from Princess Alice Hospice

It was a sunny autumn day, enabling us to sit outside on the terrace beside our canteen and enjoy the beautiful surrounding Hospice gardens, which we are so lucky to have and which are so well tended by our team of volunteer gardeners.

Indeed, the Hospice is lucky enough to benefit from the support of around 1,200 volunteer roles on a regular basis, from the people who staff our coffee shop and reception on site; to many of the people working in our network of shops; to those in the community offering time to keep a patient company for an hour or two.

Of course, these volunteers help supplement the wonderful and entirely necessary financial support of our community: 76% of the £10.1million it costs us to provide our services comes from the generosity of individuals and organisations, with only 24% of our funding coming from NHS sources. As such, the £4,000 that we received from the Mark Benevolent Fund was absolutely fantastic and so helpful for us to continue offering our vital support to those who need it most.

By way of some examples, that amount of money could:
  • cover the cost of almost 50 visits by Princess Alice Nurses to patients in their own homes or
  • pay for a new bed to go in our Inpatient Unit (IPU) or
  • allow 224 children to attend a session of Dovetail, our children’s bereavement group or
  • provide virtually three full days of a patient’s care in the IPU or
  • enable just under 34 days of physiotherapy services in our Wellbeing Centre
So, as you can see, your wonderful generosity will have amazing repercussions and we would like to say an enormous thank you on behalf of the staff and the patients and their loved ones, for whom this money will make a genuine difference.

Tim Iredale, Princess Alice Hospice

Photo by Bob Tuthill