The Challenging World
With the ongoing situation in Ukraine, news of human suffering, and concerns about the economic impact, rising prices and increasing energy costs, it is a worrying time for many of us. As a Hospice, we always plan for such eventualities, but the next year is going to be particularly challenging.
After two years living through a worldwide pandemic and the challenges that brought, we are now facing the huge financial burden of soaring costs. At St Gemma’s we have already seen an increase in many of our costs such as food, supplies and even paper, but the latest news that our gas bill alone will increase by £100,000 in the next year is a bitter blow. The Hospice does not benefit from a cap on energy bills, so these unprecedented increases are really significant.
Our Family Support Team who provide practical and emotional support to patients and their loved ones are receiving more requests for financial help than ever before. More families are asking for help with everyday things such as free bus passes, even though they might not be eligible. Bereaved families are asking for additional support with funeral costs. This just adds to the stress and anxiety that patients and families are already facing.
We are doing all we can to keep our costs to a minimum and be more efficient, particularly with our energy consumption. And whilst some of our lucrative fundraising activities are feeling the pinch, we are working hard to maximise income in other areas.
We do, however, appreciate that everyone’s pounds are having to work much harder. And supporting their favourite charity may feel like a bigger sacrifice than usual.
We sincerely hope that you are able to continue supporting St Gemma’s Hospice and please be assured that every penny you give will be used to benefit the thousands of patients and their families needing our special care over the coming year. Thank you for your ongoing support.
There are many ways you can support St Gemma’s Hospice. Visit www.st-gemma.co.uk/ways-to-donate