11:16 Friday 12 April 2013

Hospice gets £654,000 windfall for care project

Written byMARK MCKAY

St Giles Hospice - Whittington - Un-Official 22nd Birthday Front: Peter Holliday - Group Chief Executive, St Giles Hospice - Whittington - Un-Official 22nd Birthday Front: Peter Holliday - Group Chief Executive,

A HOSPICE which delivers specialist care to people living with cancer will receive grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The St Giles Hospice, in Whittington, has secured a pledge of £654,000 to run a project between St Giles, Acorns Children’s Hospice, and The Murray Hall Trust, based in Sandwell.

It is hoped the project will provide care for adults who have been in care since childhood. Young adults who have spent most of their lives in care are often highly dependent and need continued care within the community.

Staff at St Giles in Whittington, which celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday, will bring their expertise and training to the table for the project.

The money will go towards a day respite centre built in Tipton which will provide specialist care to those not usually eligible for admission to adult hospice services.

Peter Holliday, chief executive of St Giles, said: “St Giles continues to look for ways of supporting those with specialist needs who are not supported elsewhere.

“This is a new group of patients and we are committed to providing assistance in partnership with others.

“Our involvement is in accord with our major strategic aim, to support anyone affected by death or dying either ourselves or in partnership with others.

“This is a fantastic example of how St Giles, without committing any funds from its core business, has been able to facilitate other charities to extend the principles of hospice care more widely within the community.”

St Giles has also received £54,000 from the Department of Health which will be used to the day hospice facility at Whittington.

The money is part of a £60 million cash pot from the Government, run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, to improve care environments

Mr Holliday added that the grant comes at an opportune time as the day facility was built ten years ago and is in need of refurbishment.

The hospice in Whittington caters for patients from Ashby, Burton, Uttoxeter, and Swadlincote.

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