Hospices welcome money

Staff at Overgate Hospice Day Centre, Elland. Pictured are Freddie Brougham, Liz Bradley, Jane Phillips, Teena Attiwell, Sue Greenwood and Kelly Marshall.
Staff at Overgate Hospice Day Centre, Elland. Pictured are Freddie Brougham, Liz Bradley, Jane Phillips, Teena Attiwell, Sue Greenwood and Kelly Marshall.

Overgate and the Forget Me Not Children’s hospice have received a share of £60 million government funding.

The hospices are among 176 across England that will benefit from the fund, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, while also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.

Overgate Hospice, Elland, will receive £164,863 for clinical and medical equipment and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Brackenhall, will receive £51,976 for refurbishment of inpatient unit.

Laura Golding, appeals manager at Overgate, welcomed the money, for which the hospice had to apply. “We spoke to staff, patients and their relatives to seek their views about possible improvements to the building and our services,” she said.

Some of the money will be spent on buying therapy equipment for the day hospice.

Announcing the successful projects, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, said: “Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life.

“This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.

“And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects delivering improvements that directly benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the physical environment and provide value for money. This fund builds upon the successful outcomes from the £40million scheme run in 2010/11, but will be available to all children’s as well as adults hospices.