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Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice responds to the UK hospice crisis
Published date: 01 October 2020 by Rosie Parish
On the evening of Thursday 24th September 2020, ITV News aired an exclusive story in partnership with Hospice UK, which revealed a third of hospices are on the brink of making redundancies and cutting back services for end of life care, with many heading towards a detrimental funding crisis.
In the case of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Trust, the UK’s only baby hospice, the situation is no different.
Like many other charities in the UK and around the world, Zoë’s Place has suffered significantly in the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic; income from events ceased overnight, donations plummeted by approximately sixty percent and it started the process of a complete organisational re-structure, concluding in a reduction of forty percent of its workforce.
As a result, the charity is now only able to offer a reduced level of service, caring for fewer families due to shorter opening hours. The situation is incredibly difficult, not only for the charity, but for the families that rely heavily on the vital services provided by Zoë’s Place.
When Zoë’s Place operates at full capacity, its hospices in Coventry, Liverpool and Middlesbrough are open 24/7 and has six cots occupied. This service, which is offered free to those families who desperately need respite support and end-of-life care for their seriously ill child, comes at a cost of £3,600 per hospice per day, which the charity cannot meet without the help of fundraisers and donors.
Now, the charity is calling on you, its incredible loyal supporters and the wider community, to help keep the doors open to Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. If you are able to donate, no matter how big or small, please click here.
Joan Stainsby, Executive Trustee, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Trust, said:
“During the national lockdown, the charity was – and still is – looking at a bleak future. However, in order to survive as the UK’s only baby hospice for the sake of the children and families it goes above and beyond to help, something needs to change.
“With the threat of local lockdowns and a second wave of the Coronavirus looming, I do not envisage the hospices returning to longer opening hours in the near future without a significant upturn in our income. We have some reserves, which are being utilised, but if we want to keep the doors open, albeit on a reduced basis, we can’t do it alone.
“If you are able to support us in whatever way possible, you will enable Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice to continue to support our special families during this very challenging and unsettling time.”
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