Hospices throughout the UK have lost their funding streams due to fundraising events being cancelled by COVID.
Big events that have been known to bring in copious amounts of money to support hospices around the UK have been cancelled. This has caused outcries from within the hospices that haven’t got the funding they need to stay open.
Manorlands Hospice relies solely on public donations, fundraisers, gifts left in wills and some government funding. Last year a hospice support group raised an outstanding amount of £111,554 . Hilary Keene, a member of the support group for 18 years, says ” Last year we did a zip wire off the cowling pinnacle and that made a substantial amount of money.” These events have all now been put on hold until restrictions have lifted, they have been replaced with virtual events such as “4 hours or Bust”.
The hospice and palliative care funding allocations released their plans to give £25 million to all of these services. However, due to COVID ‘Hospice UK’ received £200 million funding per quarter to hospices in the response to COVID. This funding has not stretched far enough as hospices are still struggling.
Manorlands announced in April that due to funds being extra tight this year they faced having to close the doors on their end of life home in Oxenhope and other hospices they cater for around the country.
In the future there may well be a mixture of virtual events and as lockdown restrictions are lifted, the big public events will hopefully be resumed as they find new ways of working in the post COVID world.
Donations are still being accepted on their website and links to getting involved with virtual events are all live.