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£160k funding boost for North Devon Hospice and Children's Hospice South West

By NDJWill  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

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NORTH Devon Hospice and the Children's Hospice South West in Fremington have received a £100,000 funding boost from the Department of Health.

The money comes as part of a £60m fund aimed at improving care environments and settings in hospices across the country.

And £6.1m of the fund will be spent in the South West, with North Devon Hospice and the Little Bridge House branch of Children's Hospice South West netting £161,000 of that money.

North Devon Hospice will receive £45,444 while senior staff at Little Bridge House will have £117,802 to spend on improving care standards.

The fund is designed to allow hospices to improve day-therapy facilities, provide improved transport services, refurbish inpatient and visitor areas and improve gardens and outside spaces so patients can spend time outdoors. 

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."

Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, said: "We are delighted our application was successful, because we had to demonstrate the money we applied for would directly benefit patients and their families. 

"This grant will help us in several small projects relating to the building and grounds here at North Devon Hospice. It will improve the environment and accessibility for the many patients and families who use the hospice every single day.

"While we are grateful for this grant, it is worth noting as a local charity we are utterly reliant on the amazing generosity of our local community. 

"The vast majority of the income needed to run North Devon Hospice every year comes from ordinary people supporting the cause, which can be anything from a sponsored skydive to donated goods to our charity shops. 

"We rely on the ongoing generosity of local people to provide our essential services. Without it, we wouldn't be able to care for thousands of people every year who are affected by the impact of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses."

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