LOSSES of at least £2million could impact The Myton Hospices as fund-raising events continue to face an uncertain future.
The predicted loss reflects the effects of the first lockdown on the charity’s face to face fund-raising and the closure of its 25 shops. It remains uncertain of the further impact of the second lockdown on its services.
Despite this the charity – which runs hospices in Coventry, Warwick and Rugby – continues to provide care and support for people with life limiting illnesses and their families.
To protect these services, Myton has made cost savings of £1.5million by streamlining its support functions.
The charity is the only provider of inpatient beds in Coventry and Warwickshire, and both of its units remain open.
Myton’s frontline staff continue to play an important role in the response to the pandemic and are admitting patients with covid-19 if they meet the usual referral criteria. Myton also provides support for families and recognises the importance of loved ones being able to visit safely.
Those who choose to stay at home to die, and their carers, are being supported by Myton at Home nurses.
For the second time this year its charity shops have had to close and all face to face fundraising has stopped, whilst the future of mass participation events remains uncertain.
The charity is urging people to help where they can by donating their time or items for the charity to sell.
CEO Ruth Freeman said: “Now more than ever before we need the support of our community. We are doing all we can to protect your local hospice services but we can’t do it alone. Whilst we are not in crisis, we are facing huge financial pressures and it is essential we safeguard Myton so we can be there for those who need us most, now and in the future. I would urge anyone that can help us to please get in touch or go online and make a donation. Thank you all for your continued support.”