Hospices to receive £5.5million funding boost

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Hospices providing end of life care for children and adults across the East of England have been awarded a share of £60million government funding.

A total of 19 East of England hospices will benefit from £5,449,434, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, while also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.

Some of the successful initiatives awarded funding include:

- improvements to day-therapy facilities

- refurbishment of inpatient and visitor areas

- improvements to gardens and outside spaces so patients can spend time outdoors.

David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

“Currently, too many people do not get the care they want or need and the numbers needing care continue to increase. This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided.”

The funding was committed as part of the Department of Health’s strategy to provide high quality care for all adults approaching the end of their life.