Government grant St Catherine’s Hospice money to reach more people

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St Catherine’s Hospice, which serves patients and families facing life with a terminal illness across Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex and East Surrey, has been awarded a £75,630 share of government funding to improve care environments in Britain.

Shaun O’Leary, Chief Executive at St Catherine’s Hospice says “Currently, we provide care and support for 1,600 people every year, but we know there are another 1,000 people each year who are in need of our services.

“This funding, which we are delighted to receive, will be used to improve our visitors’ area and our IT systems, which will help people to better access information and resources.

“When someone receives a terminal diagnosis, it is really important that they and those closest to them are able to access the right information, advice and help quickly and simply.

“As more of us turn to the internet for answers, it is vital that the expert advice St Catherine’s Hospice provides is easily accessible in this way,” he continued.

“Our mission is to lead the community in support of all those facing death and bereavement and this award will play an important role in this, helping us to increase our reach and impact and improving communication with patients, their families, carers and healthcare professionals across Mid Sussex and East Surrey.

“But we could not exist without the generosity of local people and businesses which help us raise the £5.5million a year required in voluntary donations which ensures we are able to serve our community.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg says “Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life. This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness. And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”