Marie Curie income falls slightly year on year

But the charity's accounts show that it made an overall surplus of £4m

Marie Curie’s income fell slightly last year, its latest accounts show.

In its accounts for the year to 31 March 2019, the care charity recorded an income of £156.7m, compared with £159.3m in the previous year.

Spending was flat at Marie Curie in 2018/19, going from £107.9m to £107.4m.

The accounts show that voluntary income fell slightly, with donations dropping from £63.3m to £62.1m and legacies falling from £34.5m to £33.8m.

Hospice income also fell by 5 per cent to £17.8m, which the charity said reflected "the tightening of resources in the NHS" and that NHS funding for hospices had fallen to 35 per cent, compared with 40 per cent of the costs the previous year.

But the charity made an overall surplus of £4m for the year.

Net retail income was up by more than a quarter to £2.1m, and NHS funding for the charity’s nursing service also rose by 1 per cent to a total of £23.6m.

The charity had reserves of £48.8m, which was £6.5m over target.

Marie Curie cared for 33,920 people in 2018/19 through its nurses, and 8,220 at its hospices.

The charity employs 2,074 nursing staff and runs nine hospices.

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