Strug­gling hospice makes fundrais­ing man­ager re­dun­dant

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NUNEATON’S hospice has made its fundrais­ing man­ager re­dun­dant – de­spite fac­ing a se­ri­ous cash cri­sis.

Mary Ann Evans Hospice, which is mostly re­liant on do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity, is strug­gling to raise funds and has a “two-year deficit”.

But the hospice boss claims this is a prob­lem faced by char­i­ties up and down the coun­try and is in­sis­tent that the ser­vices will not be af­fected by the deficit.

Liz Han­cock, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, ex­plained that the sit­u­a­tion the hospice was in was not “unique” and other char­i­ties, both lo­cal and na­tional, were strug­gling to raise funds in a “very com­pet­i­tive and chal­leng­ing” en­vi­ron­ment.

Run­ning costs per day at the hospice are £2,600 each day and that fig­ure is ris­ing.

Liz said: “While we are un­able to dis­cuss in­di­vid­u­als due to con­fi­den­tial­ity we can con­firm that un­for­tu­nately the Mary Ann Evans Hospice has had to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make the role of fundrais­ing man­ager re­dun­dant.

“The hospice has had two sig­nif­i­cant deficit ac­count­ing years and all depart­ments have, and con­tinue to be, un­der re­view as we look at ways to save money whilst iden­ti­fy­ing sus­tain­able in­come.

“Our fo­cus, as al­ways, re­mains firmly on our clin­i­cal ser­vices that we con­tinue to pro­vide for our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

“I am also able to con­firm that the re­cent res­ig­na­tion of two Trus­tees from the Hospice Board were both ex­pected. One had given us a year’s no­tice and the other’s term of of­fice was up in Septem­ber but un­for­tu­nately has left early due to per­sonal rea­sons. Nei­ther was in any way con­nected to the pre­vi­ous state­ment.”

The hospice, which was set up in 1994, re­lies on the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for two thirds of its in­come. Ad­dress­ing the cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, Liz added: “Ob­vi­ously costs con­tinue to rise and much of this is out of our con­trol with the things like the in­tro­duc­tion of the liv­ing wage and auto en­rol­ment. It is also get­ting harder to raise funds, es­pe­cially sus­tain­able funds and sadly this sit­u­a­tion is not unique to us. “The sup­port we re­ceive from our lo­cal com­mu­nity is tremen­dous and we re­ally would not be here with­out them.

“While we look at ways of sav­ing money it in no way af­fects the ser­vices we pro­vide or our plans for the fu­ture. We are con­stantly look­ing at ways to work dif­fer­ently, to work smarter and also in part­ner­ship with other care providers in the area.”

Any­one who would like to of­fer their sup­port or fund-raise for the hospice should ei­ther visit www.maryan­nevans. org.uk or call 024 7686 5450. The hospice has had two sig­nif­i­cant deficit ac­count­ing years and all depart­ments have, and con­tinue to be, un­der re­view as we look at ways to save money

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