Hospice cash is up, thanks to supporter fundraising

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Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care says that a two per cent increase in its fundraising income in the last financial year is all down to support from the local community.

The Tring-based hospice pulled in £3.07 million from supporters and director of fundraising Gillian Barnett said: “This growth is a remarkable achievement, given the depressed state of the UK economy. It is solely down to the wonderful support we receive from the local community.”

The increase comes at a time when the hospice has seen an unprecedented rise of 25 per cent in referrals to its hospice at home service, more than double the numbers forecast.

Director of nursing and interim chief executive Sue Varvel said: “The number of adults receiving hospice at home care rose by 17 per cent during the last financial year and so far in 2012 the increase is even higher.

“People are living longer with more complex conditions. The profile of hospice at home is growing and patients are more aware that they have a choice about where they receive care.”

See pictures from the hospice’s latest fundraiser - The 3 Peaks Challenge - in this week’s Gazette.