Bedfordshire charity awards grant to local hospice

The Connolly Foundation has awarded £60,000 to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice to support the vital services it provides through its Palliative Care Hub to people living with life limiting conditions across the county.

The grant will go towards funding specialist care, support and advice to patients who prefer to receive care in their own homes, as well as supporting their families.

Last year the hub supported more than 2,600 people over the course of more than 15,000 home visits.

Allison Mann, Service Director at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said: “Our Sue Ryder Nurses provide high-quality compassionate care for people with an end-of-life diagnosis, as well as invaluable practical and emotional support for families and loved ones, by offering a listening ear, answering their questions and preparing them for the future.

We’re immensely grateful to the Connolly Foundation for this very generous grant, which will make a huge difference in helping us to ensure that people across Bedfordshire are able to access specialist palliative care in their own homes.”

St John’s Palliative Care Hub works together with local care providers, GPs, district nurses, specialist nurses, the ambulance service and other health and social care professionals to coordinate and provide the best possible care.

The community service helps to improve choice for patients and increase the number of people who die in their preferred place of care. It also reduces the strain on the NHS by reducing inappropriate hospital admissions.

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Caption:  The Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Care Hub

For further information contact Michele Smith on 07921 927 881.