A CHICHESTER hospice has received a £19,296 funding boost from the Friends of Sussex Hospices.
St Wilfrid’s hospice received the money at the charity’s annual meeting at The Keep historical archive in Moulsecoomb, Brighton.
Chief executives and representatives of all 12 hospices supported by the charity received cheques at the event.
The former Conservative party leader and cabinet minister Lord Howard of Lympne, who chairs Hospice UK, the national voice for hospice care, was guest speaker at the meeting.
He said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity of sharing some time with the Friends of Sussex Hospices who do so much to help the hospices make the end of life such an extraordinary experience for so many Sussex residents.
“I was delighted to learn about some of their very imaginative initiatives and to be able to wish them well for the future in person.”
Kathy Gore, chairwoman of FSH, said: “Our Sussex hospices cared for about 10,716 patients last year which, if you multiply that by three, to include family and loved ones, means our hospices touched the lives of 32,000 people across Sussex.
“Sussex adult hospices receive an average of 21 per cent funding from government – they depend critically on their local communities to be able to provide the special care they give.”