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St Clare's Hospice back in business

Posted on: 21/12/2018   

Category: Fundraising

St Clare’s Hospice is delighted to be back in business caring for the community of South Tyneside.  

As Christmas approaches, we are hoping our local community will dig deep for one more gift – a much-needed donation to help continue vital services in the New Year.

After a short closure, our Wellbeing Centre re-opened this week and our In-Patient Unit will resume operations on the first working day after the holidays, Wednesday 2nd January.

It takes £2.2 million to keep services going each year, and most of this comes from volunteer fundraising and donations. 

Our Chief Executive, Paul Jones-King, says: “Getting the go-ahead from the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, to resume normal service has been the best Christmas present we could have.”  

“But we still need funds and whatever you can give this Christmas, however big or small, will go a long way to ensure that we can continue to give the best care we can to our patients in 2019 and beyond.”

Donations can be made in person at the Hospice, at any of our shops in Jarrow and South Shields, by phone on 0191 529 7111 or online via our Virgin Money Giving page.

St Clare’s Hospice provides care and support to local families affected by life-limiting illnesses when they need it most and their services are provided free of charge.

Maureen Greenhaff, from South Shields, is a Day Hospice patient at St Clare’s Hospice and was one of the first guests to be welcomed back to the Hospice’s Wellbeing Centre. Maureen has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and visits the Hospice once a week to support her in living with her illness at home. Maureen said:

“I like coming to St Clare’s Hospice because I feel safe here. I am in the late stages of my illness and when I come to the Wellbeing Centre the friendly team are on hand to support me. It’s so peaceful here and I enjoy spending time in the gardens.

There is such a need for the Hospice in the community. I have been involved with fundraising too. I sell crafts that I make when I’m at the Hospice to raise extra funds and I recently held a tea party for friends, which raised over £850.”

We’d like to thank our local community for their continued support of the Hospice, this Christmas and all year round.

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