Big government grant for hospice

St Catherine’s Hospice has been given £75,630 to improve communication with patients.

The hospice serves people in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey, dealing with terminal illness.

The grant came from government funding to improve care environments in Britain.

Shaun O’Leary, chief executive at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “Currently, we provide care and support for 1,600 people every year, but we know there are another 1,000 people each year who are in need of our services.

“This funding, which we are delighted to receive, will be used to improve our visitors’ area and our IT systems, which will help people to better access information and resources.

“When someone receives a terminal diagnosis, it is really important that they and those closest to them are able to access the right information, advice and help quickly and simply.

“As more of us turn to the internet for answers, it is vital that the expert advice St Catherine’s Hospice provides is easily accessible in this way.

“Our mission is to lead the community in support of all those facing death and bereavement and this award will play an important role in this, helping us to increase our reach and impact and improving communication with patients, their families, carers and healthcare professionals across Mid Sussex and East Surrey.

“But we could not exist without the generosity of local people and businesses which help us raise the £5.5million a year required in voluntary donations which ensures we are able to serve our community.”