Hospice launches 2gether Appeal to 'sustain our future'

By Simon Hart

St Joseph’s Hospice has launched an appeal in response to the fundraising challenges it continues to face owing to the Covid crisis. The 2gether Appeal aims to highlight the importance of support from local people amid the closure of charity shops and ongoing cancellation of events.

This year’s Christmas Ladies Day is the latest event to suffer from the restrictions in place on large gatherings and social-distancing requirements. The hospice’s head of fundraising, Maxine Armstrong, said: ‘Together, we’re managing to navigate our way through the challenging times of the Covid-19 crisis but, as we begin to look forward, we must refocus on sustaining our future.

‘Our staff have continued to provide compassionate care to some of the most vulnerable members of our community during this crisis and we’re continuing to ensure that our patients with complex palliative care needs can access the care they require and deserve.

‘However, as a charity, our income streams have been hit hard over the last six months. Due to Covid-19, we had to close all our charity shops, cancel all our fundraising events and suspend all lottery canvassing and face-to-face collections. This will have a massive impact on the hospice and together we need to focus on sustaining our future and that is what the 2gether Appeal is all about.

‘All donations received will go straight to work helping families deal with the suffering, confusion, doubts and fears that surround the end of a loved one’s life. Please support our appeal and help us to sustain the future of your hospice for our community.’

For more information, visit www.jospice.org.uk/Fundraising/2gether-appeal.aspx or contact the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email fundraising@jospice.org.uk.