Sign up to fundraisers to help struggling hospice

A HOSPICE facing a cash crisis that could force the closure of its day unit is calling on people to sign up to its fundraising events.

The Hospice of St Francis announced this week that it may have to shut down the day care facility, which runs two days a week and offers bespoke services for terminally ill patients.

The move, currently under consultation, would save £75,000 each year.

But it means the respite service for carers would no longer be on offer and in-patient treatments such as complementary therapy, physiotherapy and pampering sessions could be scrapped.

It is the first time in the charity’s 32-year operating history that a slash in services has been on the cards.

The good cause has reported a deficit on its charitable income this year forcing it to rely on reserves.

Now hospice director Dr Ros Taylor is urging people to help boost the coffers by taking part in fundraising events.

There is still time to sign up to the charity’s Strictly Learn Dancing competition.

Just four couples have stepped up to the plate so far but a total of 20 are needed. Contestants will be taught the art of ballroom dancing in the new year before competing in a grand finale.

The event raised £40,000 last year. The closing date to sign up is next Wednesday.

For some festive fun, don a Santa suit and join the hospice’s town centre dash.

People of all ages are being invited to take part in the 2.5 mile Santa Dash through Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, December 4.

Kick off is at 10am and entry is £15 for adults, £5 for children of £35 for a whole family. People can sign up on the day.

Find out more at www.stfrancis.org.uk