Barclays boost for hospice as lottery appeal is launched

By Simon Hart

St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton has secured a £100,000 grant from Barclays as part of the bank’s Covid-19 Community Aid package.

For the hospice, the grant provides a welcome financial boost at a time when its income streams have been hurt by the impact of the pandemic. According to chief executive Mike Parr, there has been ‘a huge cut in the £3million we have to raise each year to keep the hospice running’ – hence his deep gratitude for the funds received. ‘We’re incredibly grateful to Barclays for this very generous donation which has made an enormous difference to our patients and their families,’ he said.

Barclays launched its £100m Community Aid Package last year to support charities that are helping people and communities affected by Covid-19. At St Joseph’s, the grant has helped fund end-of-life nursing care for patients and compassionate care and support for their families. ‘We’re continuing to ensure that our patients with complex palliative care needs can access the care they require and deserve,’ explained Parr.

The funding, which has also been used to support staff well-being, is timely owing to the impact that Covid-19 has had on both the hospice’s regular fundraising activities and the income generated by its 11 charity shops which have been closed for large parts of the past year.

Julie Rimmer, site president at Barclays Liverpool Contact Centre, said: ‘By reaching those most in need of support, local charities such as St Joseph’s Hospice have played a vital role in this crisis to date, and no doubt they will do going forward.’

Meanwhile, St Joseph’s is seeking to expand an existing revenue stream by appealing to the local community to sign up for its weekly lottery. To mark the lottery’s 20th anniversary, hospice staff have set a target of recruiting 4,000 new members to take the total number of people who play to 10,000.

The lottery has a £1,000 weekly jackpot, as well as other cash prizes and Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising, said: ‘Our lottery is such an important part of our fundraising strategy. It only costs £1 per week to play but it’s so valuable because it provides us with a regular income which enables us to plan and budget for the future as well as provide hospice care for our community right now.

‘During our very special 20th anniversary year, we’ve set ourselves the target of increasing the membership of our lottery to 10,000 people so, if you’d like to support a valuable local charity, please consider joining our lottery.’

To join the St. Joseph’s Hospice Lottery, download a membership form from www.jospice.org.uk. Alternatively, call 0151 932 6025 or email lottery-office@jospice.org.uk.