The hospice in Mapperley. Credit: Nottinghamshire Hospice

The anonymous donation to the Hospice in Mapperley will give the frontline team a much-needed boost amidst the pandemic.

Nottinghamshire Hospice estimates that nearly £3 million must be raised each year in order to provide sufficient care that meets the needs of patients with terminal and life-limiting illness.

The generous donation will be put towards funding the Hospice Outreach and Discharge Support service (HODS). Set up in May, this service fast-tracks people out of hospital so they can be at home at the end of their lives.

As well as allowing people to leave hospital, the service also intervenes to prevent hospital admissions.

In response to the donation, Jo Polkey, Director of Care at Nottinghamshire Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful for this substantial donation which will secure the service for the next three months.

“Our care is more important than ever during the pandemic as it keeps patients out of hospital, allowing them to spend their last days at home with family around them and keeping beds free for Covid patients. Since the HODS service was set up it’s been very successful and in high demand so we’re delighted to be able to continue it into 2021″.

Due to the pandemic, Nottinghamshire Hospice is relying solely on donations to extend the HODS service for another year. With repeated closures of all ten of its shops and the forced cancellation of all fundraising events, the hospice is in desperate need of funds to continue to support patients and protect the NHS.

To donate to the hospice, go to https://www.nottshospice.org/donate/

By George Chouls