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