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Hospice Charity Launches Online Fundraising Appeal Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

An online fundraising appeal has been launched by leading Welsh charity City Hospice to support its key services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

City Hospice provides palliative care for 550 patients at any one time with life limiting or terminal illnesses in Cardiff. In addition they provide services for patients’ families such as counselling and bereavement support. As Cardiff’s local hospice, they offer end of life care and support at home. Allowing patients the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.

The charity created the online appeal on 1 April to assist with its running costs, in response to the loss of its primary income following the closure of shops and postponement of fundraising events during the outbreak.

 

A number of the charity’s fundraisers have also adapted their planned events to support the cause.

Carly Murray, who was training for the postponed Newport Marathon, has used her daily exercise to run the length of the course (26.2 miles). Palliative care nurse Catriona Seed is raising funds for the appeal by using equipment at home to row 75 miles.

Funds raised by  the appeal will help cover the costs of a number of vital services including nursing care.

City Hospice’s frontline multi-disciplinary team includes 12 Clinical Nurse Specialists who tend to patients, in person and virtually. They help manage symptoms, provide care and offer emotional support. A day of nursing care delivered by a single Clinical Nurse Specialist costs £150. While the charity’s Donate a Day campaign also supports this key service, the Covid-19 Appeal assists with the funding of these care professionals in addition to other patient services and the running of the hospice.

Liz Andrews, Chief Executive at City Hospice, said:

“At a time of great uncertainty for everyone, we are extremely grateful to the generous people who have donated to our Covid-19 Appeal. It has also been heart-warming to see encouraging messages on social media. The positivity of the public in these unusual circumstances has given our team a boost as they continue to provide incredibly important care to patients across the capital.

It has always been our promise to provide the highest standards of palliative care to people in Cardiff. We know how much our services mean to the families facing life limiting and terminal illness. The support we receive from the community, particularly in times like these, allows us to continue this essential care.”

A week after City Hospice launched their online appeal, the Chancellor of the UK Government, Rishi Sunak, announced a £750 million package for charities. The Welsh Government has also announced a £6.3 million support package for Welsh hospices.

Responding to the government announcements, Liz Andrews said: “We welcome the announcement of financial aid for charities. Our sector has been struggling since the lockdown measures were imposed.

“We will continue to fundraise through our Covid-19 Appeal so that we can maintain our high level of care. Looking after our patients in the comfort of their own homes. We’ll continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

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How to Get Involved

There are plenty of great ways to get involved and help raise money for City Hospice. Any funds raised have a massive impact on our charity and we're so grateful to all those who give up their time for us.

Volunteer

Volunteering is for everyone and we're sure to have a role that will be of interest to you.

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Fundraise

Whether you bake a cake or run a half marathon, every pound you raise will help us ensure we can keep being there for patients and their families throughout Cardiff.

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Donate

Your donation can help us continue to care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, and their families, in Cardiff.

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Other great ways to get involved: Platinum Pledge Gift in Your Will

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Supporting our Community, Support your City Hospice

We would like to update our supporters and families on the current impact Coronavirus (Covid 19) is having on the operations of City Hospice. Our priority remains to provide care and support to people living with life limiting and terminal illness. Our clinical team continue to deliver essential care during this unprecedented time. We hope that you will all join us in supporting our exceptional team as they continue to provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in Cardiff.

On behalf of the City Hospice team, thank you for your continued support, which allows our charity to care for patients in our community.

For more details on the how Coronavirus is impacting City Hospice please click here. 

To make a donation to City Hospice and support us during this challenging time please click here.

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