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Saint Francis Hospice to cut 10 jobs in bid to save £400,000

Staff at the Pepperell Education Centre in Havering-atte-Bower (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

Saint Francis Hospice is planning to make ten staff redundant after the coronavirus outbreak reduced their ability to raise money. 

The pandemic has forced them to cancel fundraising events, close 16 retail stores and freeze 12 staff vacancies. 

To compensate, the hospice launched an Urgent Appeal which raised £51,000. They have also received more than £1 million from the government since April.

However, they still need to make cuts of up to £400,000 and are seeking to make up to 10 voluntary redundancies. 

“Since the start of the pandemic, Saint Francis Hospice has continued to provide its end of life care and support services to people living in Brentwood, Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge and parts of West Essex,” said Pam Court, Chief Executive Officer at the Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

“The Hospice has seen an increase in demand for our services caused by hospitals refocusing their services through the pandemic. Alongside an increase in demand we have had to comply with social distancing requirements, the need to protect staff and patients through the purchase and use of PPE which has led to us needing to deliver services in new and innovative ways.”

“But sadly, the Hospice, like so many other charities, has been hit hard by the pandemic.”

The Hospice is expecting to see a drop in income over the next year or two and are working to safeguard their core staff and services. 

Support from the government only covers 24.8 per cent of their costs and they therefore need to raise £25,910 a day. 

“The local community has been incredibly supportive during the pandemic and we have been overwhelmed by the generous offers of support and the innovative fundraising ideas people have come up with,” added Pam.

“Our need for support is now greater than ever and we are calling on people to help us in any way they can so we can continue caring for people affected by end of life illnesses for many years to come.”

There are a number of ways to support SFH, such as by sponsoring one of their nurses or playing their weekly lottery. 

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