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Hospice staff told jobs are under threat

Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay has told staff that jobs are likely to be lost as the charity has a million pound funding shortfall. It cared for 2,200 people in 2015 either at its facility off Avenue Road or through its community and hospice at home teams.

Acting Chief Executive Jon Hill said that despite making half a million pounds worth of cuts and generating £500,000 extra through its shops and fundraising - a cut by more than half in the amount of money left as legacies has been the major problem.

Paul Sandell's father is currently being cared for at the hospice. He says the family of the patient are also looked after. The charity arranged for his sister to have a wedding blessing at its chapel so their father could walk her down the aisle.

The family of Paul Sandell say they have benefitted from the care provided by Torquay hospice

Like most hospices Rowcroft only gets limited state funding. The NHS does provide about twenty seven per cent of its budget and with money tight everywhere can't help further.

Bosses say the impact of the cuts will be felt by all who use the services.

There will be fewer patients seen on our wards. We are doing everything we can to make it that the community team is not affected. We're doing everything we can to not impact that service.

– Jon Hill, Acting Chief Executive

The hospice is now appealing for anyone who can help plug the funding shortfall to come forward with whatever help they can


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Charity raises over £12,000 in memory of junior doctor

A charity fund set up in memory of junior doctor Rose Polge has raised more than £12,000.

Dr Rose Polge, 25, who worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon, was recovered from the sea in April. Credit: ITV West Country

The 25 year old was discovered in the sea off Portland in April after disappearing from Torquay two months earlier.

Rose's family launched the appeal to help mental health charity MIND and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, which helped search for her.

The Just Giving page reads: "Rose was not a 'sad person' - she had an infectious enthusiasm for life."


Police ask for help in finding missing Torquay man

David Cauldwell Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are trying to trace a man from Torquay who's been missing since Saturday night.

39-year-old David Cauldwell, has not been seen since leaving the Artful Dodger pub in Torquay at around midnight on Saturday 21 May.

It is thought he may have travelled to a rave at Haldon Forest but no one appears to have seen him there.

As time goes on we are becoming more concerned for David’s safety. There is no indication that he has been a victim of crime but with no sightings of him and this being so out of character we really want to hear from anyone who has seen or spoken to David or perhaps has given him a lift somewhere.

– Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman

Body discovered in Torquay park

The body was discovered around 3am this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon & Cornwall police discovered a body around 3am this morning (Sunday 22nd May) in Cary Park, Reddenhil Rd.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Enquiries are ongoing and police would like to speak with a group of males aged 18-22 who were in the park at approximately 0200 hours on 22nd May.16.

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