Katharine House Hospice – why does the local hospice still need community support?
On Friday 8th October we welcomed Trevor Johnson, CEO of Katharine House Hospice, who wanted to dispel the rumour that community support was no longer needed. The onset of Covid 19 has seriously affected their fund raising activities, but even before that, they were struggling to raise enough income to cover their needs.
Rather than wait until they had used up all their reserves and have to close, which would have seen the hospice become just another hospital ward, they started to look at all their options. The result has seen Katharine House join forces with Oxfords Sobel House Hospice and the Oxford University Hospital Trust in a bid to protect their future. The rumour that the NHS is now completely funding Katharine House is far from true.
The NHS still fund the straight forward nursing and medical side as they always have, but it’s the specialist end of life care and support for the patients and their families which hospices provide and still need to fund – and that costs in excess of £3,000,000 a year which has to be raised from the community at large.
So, the message is yes, our local hospice still needs our support and post Covid, more than ever. Spread the word.