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A year like no other - A message from our Chief Executive

A message to all our supporters, from Tony Collins, Chief Executive:

Just at the time when we were preparing to send out our usual supporter magazine, the world paused, and then changed irreversibly.

Events were postponed, and in a fast moving situation, we at Herriot Hospice Homecare were forced to make changes to the way we work, the services we provide and the way we raise funds.

From there, we quickly found new ways of working and poured our efforts into ensuring that our quality of patient care was not compromised.

As with the rest of the country, we don't yet know what the future will look like, or what changes may be necessary to make. However we want to continue to keep in touch with you all, to let you know what we are doing both to deliver our existing vital, hospice care services and to support our NHS colleagues and the wider communities in which we live and serve.

Below, you will find a summary of the services we are offering which are helping hundreds of local people living with terminal illness and bereavement each week; the new community services we have implemented, and ways you can continue to support us.

During COVID-19 we have been truly overwhelmed by the many kind donations and gestures of support we have received. Thank you.

We are also thankful for the extra boost in funding we are receiving during this pandemic from the government, in recognition of our work to help our community and colleagues in the NHS to look after themselves. 

With this continued community and government support, we are in the fortunate position to be able to focus on providing vital services without immediate pressure on our finances. 

We are presently in a sound financial position and, for this, we are grateful. But for this to continue throughout this year and beyond, we need YOUR support more than ever. 

There is no doubt that the current situation has brought us significant financial challenges, including the reduction and, in many cases, cessation of retail, community and event fundraising, equating to around £3 million.

We are trying to understand what this means for the future, but we do know that, even when restrictions are lifted, the negative effects on our finances will last throughout this year, if not into 2021.

Therefore we have not taken our foot off the gas and are already looking at alternative ways of making up the income we are losing in these areas, to protect our future sustainability.

This need will become particularly profound as the COVID-19 government funding reduces. That makes your donations and contributions now and into the future even more essential.

If you remain able to give at this time, we welcome your support for individuals and families living with terminal illness and bereavement.

If you would like to support this care in your community, we are always happy to hear from you and we can also provide inspiration for COVID-19 appropriate ways you can show this support.

In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support for Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Stay safe,

Tony

Blog Posted 21st September 2020

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (2121179). Registered address Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8NA.