A hospice based in Cambridgeshire is issuing an urgent appeal for help after forecasts that it will lose £700,000 in fundraising due to Covid-19.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is the only adult care hospice in the region and cares for more than 4,000 patients each year at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and their main site in Cambridge.
The charity is now launching a ‘SOS!! Support Our Services’ appeal as the impact of coronavirus has meant that vital fundraising has come to a halt.
Sharon Allen, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said: “Never would we have anticipated something like COVID-19 and how this would affect us all in the way that it has. The adverse circumstances in which we find ourselves seem to change hour by hour, whilst the admiration I have for each of my colleagues grows every day, as they constantly adjust, evolve and innovate.
“Whether it is the fundraiser who is being redeployed to work as a healthcare assistant, a Ward Sister recording a video to appeal for protective gloves and masks, or the facilities team putting new infection control measures in place… they have all been incredible.”
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the hospice has had to reduce many of its services to protect the safety of its patients whilst simultaneously refocusing on the core healthcare needs of the County.”
The hospice provides care and support services to patients with an advanced serious illness or a life-limiting condition, and provides end-of-life care, typically to people who are in the last two weeks of their life.
Sharon Allen said: “We need to ensure that we can carry on delivering essential care and services now, whilst also ensuring that services remain sustainable into the future. We truly hope that the people of Cambridgeshire will answer our SOS!! “