Sue Ryder forced to launch its second urgent fundraising appeal of 2020


National healthcare charity Sue Ryder which runs Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger near Bedford, Bedfordshire, is launching its second urgent fundraising appeal of 2020.

The charity is experiencing a £2million a month shortfall, whilst its doctors and nurses continue to play a vital part in the Coronavirus effort.

Sue Ryder is appealing to local people to support its urgent fundraising campaign ‘We can’t stop’ so that Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice can continue to provide the expert and compassionate end of life care it is so well known for.

Allison Mann, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said: “Coronavirus has hit us hard. We received a wonderful response from our supporters to our emergency appeal earlier in the year. This, paired with the emergency funding that we received from the government, covered our funding shortfall until the end of June 2020.

“Unfortunately however, our struggle continues. Our fundraising events remain cancelled for the rest of this year and our high street shops have now closed for a second time.

“As we head into the winter months and coronavirus cases continue to rise we are expecting an increase in people needing end of life care.

“None of us expected this pandemic to go on for so long and clearly a monthly shortfall of £2 million is unsustainable for any charity, which is why we need to ask the public to help us.

“Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice is playing a vital part in the Coronavirus effort – all of the staff here want to use their skills, expertise and experience to help patients and their families in the months ahead as well continue to relieve the pressure on the NHS. However, in order to keep our services running through the winter and beyond we urgently need to secure more funding now.

“We know that times are tough for everybody at the moment, so please be reassured that every bit really does help and thank you very much from all of us.”

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