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Hospices in South struggle due to decline in donations

Hospices across the South are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Charity-run hospices have had to change how they care for the terminally-ill, after a decline in donations over the past few weeks.

In addition, social distancing guidelines has meant a reduction in the number of visitors, during a time when families are reliant on one another.

Naomi House and Jacksplace is a specialist hospice for children and young adults, helping families across the South.

Last week, it announced the temporary suspension of respite services because of Covid-19.

However, the hospice is helping to free up beds at a local hospital.

From Tuesday, Jacksplace is offering six beds to adults who are fit for discharge but need additional care.

Demelza Hospice in Kent also provides specialist care and support for children with a serious or terminal illness.

They are still providing end of life and emergency care, but have had to scale down non-urgent care.

Ryan Campbell, Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care said: "I worry about the families who would normally be getting team day to day support, they are at home completely isolated."

"They can't let the virus get anyway near their ill or vulnerable children. This means they're not opening doors or having visits. If they have careers to help provide care 24/7, that isn't happening. They are doing it all by themselves and that's hard."

– Ryan Campbell, Chief Executive, Demelza Hospice Care

Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville is another centre that relies heavily upon donations.

Despite their best efforts to adapt, they have also seen a fall in income.

Ruth White, Rowans House said they have "tried to be imaginative and do things online" but have already seen "income streams reducing and our investments falling".

"We already see our income streams reducing, our investments falling and we've had to understandably cancel all of our fundraising events. We try to be imaginative and do things online and we also hope nationally, the government will see our need too."

– Ruth White, Rowans House

Charity-run hospices across the South hope to keep their services running for as long as possible.

While the coronavirus pandemic is increasing the strain on health provisions across the country, hospices continue to help families spend as much time as possible, with their loved ones.

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