Fundraising: Hospice charity nets extra £250k to ride out crisis

Helen Barrett

East Anglia Children's Hospices has raised an extra £250,000 from donors responding to media coverage of its cash crisis (Third Sector, 17 May).

Management hopes the extra funds, and a newly secured 30 per cent increase in the hospice's grant from Cambridge City Primary Care Trust, will help its three hospices ride out the crisis.

"We have been utterly honest with the media about the state of our accounts," said Graham Butland, chief executive of the charity.

"We also asked families to talk to the media about our services, which attracted a lot of editorial coverage, including national and regional television."

This year's single largest donation of £100,000 over two years to fund nursing posts came from a local grant-making trust.

The charity has also seen a growth in income from friends, groups and community fundraising.

The organisation was forced to make 30 of its staff redundant last year when its £650,000-a-year grant from the now defunct New Opportunities Fund came to an end.

The charity ended the financial year in 2005 facing debts of £700,000. However, it began the financial year from this April with a small operating surplus after reorganising its palliative care services to increase home-based support for children and families.

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