Over £20,000 cash boost for hospice

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St Michael’s Hospice, has received £22,506 as part of £150,000 presented by the fundraising charity Friends of Sussex Hospices.

The money, presented at the Friends of Sussex Hospices (FSH) annual general meeting held at The Keep historical archive, Moulsecoomb, was held during Hospice Care Week (October 5-11) and brings the total it has given to St Michael’s to £29,544 this year.

Chief executives and representatives of all 12 hospices supported by FSH received cheques at the event. FSH, which celebrates its 21st anniversary next year, has, to date raised and distributed £1.5million to Sussex Hospices.

Chairman of FSH, former Conservative party leader and cabinet minister Lord Howard of Lympne, was guest speaker at the meeting. “I was delighted to have the opportunity of sharing some time with the Friends of Sussex Hospices who do so much to help the hospices make the end of life such an extraordinary experience for so many Sussex residents,” he said.

“I was delighted to learn about some of their very imaginative initiatives and to be able to wish them well for the future in person.”

Kathy Gore, Chair of FSH, says Sussex hospices cared for approximately 10,716 patients last year, adding: “Which, if you multiply that by three, to include family and loved ones, means our hospices touched the lives of 32,000 people across Sussex.

“They depend critically on their local communities to be able to provide the special care they give.”

Thanking FSH Perdita Chamberlain, Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s Hospice said: “We are delighted to receive the money and are so grateful for the contribution.”

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