VIDEO: Save Our Hospice: Campaign to ensure future of St John’s

Evelyn Archer knows first-hand how vital a role St John’s Hospice plays in our community.

Evelyn tragically lost her husband Mike to cancer and is forever grateful for the help and support given by hospice staff during his final days.

Evelyn Archer with a picture of herself and husband, Mike.

Evelyn Archer with a picture of herself and husband, Mike.

Today she backs The Visitor’s campaign to Save Our Hospice for future generations.

Evelyn said: “This campaign is very close to my heart.

“I can’t state enough how much help the hospice gives to patients and families, at a time when it is most needed.”

The Slyne Road charity is facing a daunting half million pounds cash shortage and we need YOUR help to raise that sum and secure its future.

The hospice currently spends £500,000 more than it gets in through fundraising and NHS support every year to provide a vital community service that helps people and their families deal with life-limiting conditions.

The help extends far beyond nursing services with an army of volunteers offering practical help, advice and friendship both in the happy environment of the hospice and through Hospice at Home services.

So here at Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers we’re calling on you, the local community, to help Save Our Hospice through a year of fundraising, with a Festive Cake Bake just as a taster.

Chief executive Sue McGraw said: “My job is to say if we don’t save this place now money is so tight and the cost of care is so expensive that we will lose this fabulous community resource.

“There’s a gap between our expenditure and our income of about half a million pounds a year.

“We’re not saying the hospice is going to close tomorrow, we have got money in the bank but it won’t last forever.

“We have a five-year deficit reduction plan, we’ve got five years to turn this little place round without cutting the care that we do.”

In order to help today, Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers also vow to get more people leaving money to the charity in their wills as well as encouraging the local community to have donation stations in their offices – where staff, customers, clients and whoever comes through the door can drop off any unwanted clothes or rags.

Sue warned: “We’ve got very used to having this fabulous asset in our local community.

“But you’ve got to remember not every town has a hospice and we’re lucky to have it.

“They think we’re going to be around forever.”