£ 25m Boris boost for end- of- life charities

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HOS­PICES and pal­lia­tive care charities were given a £ 25mil­lion boost last night from Prime Min­is­ter Boris Johnson.

The money will help keep cen­tres open, im­prove care, re­lieve pres­sure on staff and strengthen out- of- hours and respite sup­port.

The sec­tor helps more than 200,000 peo­ple with ter­mi­nal and life- lim­it­ing con­di­tions each year, along with tens of thou­sands of fam­ily mem­bers. Mr Johnson said: “See­ing a loved one near­ing the end of life is one of the hard­est things… so it’s vi­tal that we sup­port our fan­tas­tic and hard­work­ing staff to de­liver the high­est- qual­ity pal­lia­tive care.” But Hospice UK chief Tracey Bleak­ley said: “While this fund­ing boost is wel­come, many char­i­ta­ble hos­pices are fac­ing grave, fi­nan­cial chal­lenges in the long- term and need to raise over £ 1bil­lion a year.”

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