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Greenwich and Bexley Community hospice gets almost £1 million government grant

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:29 12 April 2013

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice chief executive Kate Heaps

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice chief executive Kate Heaps

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A windfall of almost £1 million will help Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice improve their conditions for people with life-limiting illnesses.

The £944,180 cheque is a government grant, coming from a nationwide pot of £60 million announced by Norman Lamb, the Minister for Care and Support.

Of the 176 bidding hospices Greenwich and Bexley will receive the biggest grant to help them improve the physical surroundings.

Chief executive Kate Heaps said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant which will help us to better support people from Greenwich and Bexley with life-limiting illness, as well as their friends and families.

“This funding will allow us to focus on some really important improvements for patients, including the refurbishment of our kitchen and courtyard garden, improvements in access to the hospice building, a purpose-built rehabilitation gym and development of a community hub and care coordination centre.

“The changes will improve the working environment for our amazing team of staff and volunteers, helping them to achieve the high standard of patient care that our patients and their families and friends deserve.”

The funding was committed as part of the Department of Health’s capital grant programme launched in 2012. Work at the hospice is likely to start towards the end of 2013 and will be completed in 2014.

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice cares for over 2,500 people each year.

The majority of this care is provided in peoples’ own homes, but people can also access day care, in-patient care and outpatient services within the hospice building.

It is reliant on voluntary donations to run its vital services and has to raise more than £4 million every year from the local community.

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