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Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Autumn 2021 Newsletter

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Your legacy

will secure

our future

Suzanne Garbarino, Clinical Lead for adults

and children, helped get the appeal under way,

explaining to local people why the hospice needs

their help with legacies so much right now.

She told The Cumberland News: “All the usual

events and charity fundraising have seen a huge

reduction. Also, the closure of our charity shops

has decreased income. This is the hospice’s 30th

anniversary year but it is one of its toughest.”

Suzanne explained how the pandemic affected

nursing and care. “One of the most difficult things

we have encountered is having to restrict visiting,”

she said.

“In palliative care and children’s palliative care, it’s

not something we have ever had to do.

Legacy campaign launched to help secure the

hospice’s future after the pandemic hits income

“Usually if you want 20 visitors you can have

them, but we have had to limit visitors under

Government restrictions. That has presented huge

challenges for patients and families, and also it has

been really difficult for the staff.”

October is a milestone for Eden Valley Hospice –

it marks 30 years since we opened our doors.

But unfortunately, this anniversary year has

proved to be one of the most difficult in the

hospice’s history.

As you may know, the hospice is a charity

which depends for its survival on charitable

giving. It needs £4m per year. Our wonderful

local communities have generously supported

the hospice since its very beginnings. But the

pandemic closed our charity shops and stopped

fundraising events, leading to the shortfall.

So, we have launched an appeal asking locals to

support us by pledging a donation in their Wills –

a type of giving that cannot be disrupted by crises like

the pandemic. Hospice chief executive Trish Livsey

says that income is significantly lower than usual.

“It has been a real challenge and the thing that

saved us was legacies.

With some of the legacies we are getting, the Wills

could have been made 20 years ago, so it’s a way of

securing our current position but also our future.”

The Cumberland News has supported us by

launching the Help Our Hospice appeal – calling out

for 300 people to make a gift in their Will.

Carlisle solicitors gave their backing. Scott Duff &

Co, Wragg Mark Bell and Butterworths offered free

or discounted Wills to customers and/or donations

to the campaign.

One supporter, Pat, a former teacher in Carlisle,

arranged a donation in her Will after her husband

received end of life care at the hospice last year.

Virtual conversations could not make up for faceto-face

support.

“People have been in contact with their loved ones

from around the world but it’s not the same as

sitting holding someone’s hand,” she said.

“And PPE has made that difficult too. Gloves, an

apron and mask make communication much more

difficult,” she said.

“It’s been really hard on staff. It has been

emotionally difficult for everybody. Staff are

very tired.”

Suzanne explained how local people can help

ensure the hospice’s long-term future by leaving

a gift in their Will.

“Because there is still so much uncertainty, a gift

in a Will is guaranteed income without having to

worry about lockdowns and restrictions.

“If people can leave some money in their Will to the

hospice it will help secure its future regardless of

what else is going on around.”

Suzanne asked The Cumberland News readers:

“If you can, remember us and keep thinking about

the hospice.

“The care we are giving doesn’t stop in a world

pandemic even if our income generation stops.

We are still here providing help for patients

and families.”

“Eighty per cent of our funding comes from

charitable donations and that’s been hugely

impacted because of Covid,” she says.

She said: “Because no one knows what the future

holds, I want to try and make it possible for the

hospice to be there for those who need it.”

Can you help the hospice by leaving a donation in your Will?

Please contact Karen Durden, hospice Legacies Manager, on 01228 817607 or

karen.durden@edenvalleyhospice.org or any member of the fundraising team.

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