Grant boost for care team

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THE future of a charity care team has been secured thanks to a grant of nearly £170,000.

The work of the community hospice team at St Nicholas Hospice Care – a charity which supports the terminally ill and their families – has been recognised with a £169,569 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Money from the grant will be used to part-fund the running costs of the team, which was set up in 2009 to help patients suffering life-shortening illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis, to receive specialist care in their own homes.

Over the past three years, hundreds of patients have been helped by the service and the grant will enable the team to continue its work.

Trevor Farrington, head of the community hospice team, said he was “overjoyed” at the funding award.

“The team has been a great success since it was launched, helping patients, where possible, to remain at home in the final weeks of their life,” he said.

“We have already helped hundreds of patients across Suffolk and we are delighted that this valued service can continue for the next year and beyond thanks to this grant.”