Foundation supports St John's Hospice

The Connolly Foundation has given £5 million to local causes and organisations over the last 10 years and is delighted to be supporting Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in the fantastic range of work that it does both in the hospice and the community, for patients and their families.

The services that are provided at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice are free of charge to the patient. It is part funded by the NHS but most of the running costs are raised through fundraising. It costs £9,000 a day to run all of the services.

Lisa Maclean, Hospice Director, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Connolly Foundation for their support and that they have given us the choice on where we spend the money so we can ensure that it is used in the areas that need it most. Whether we are supporting people in the hospice or in their own homes, our focus is on quality of life – giving every patient the care and support they need to spend the time they have left in the way they choose. We don’t just care for our patients but we also look after and support their families and carers. Support from organisations like the Connolly Foundation enables us to continue to provide vital hospice care to communities in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.”

The hospice is for people living with conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease. They have a 15-bed inpatient unit where they offer end of life care but also shorter stays when required. The team try and accommodate the needs and wishes of patients and families encouraging pet visits, celebrations and even a cheeky film and takeaway.

Other services include a Day Therapy Service where the team take a holistic approach and tailor people’s therapy to their individual needs. There is also a Family Support Team as well as a Palliative Care Hub who work with local care providers such as GPs, therapists and social workers. The Hub team are also available to provide support and advice over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.