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Hospice scoops cash injection

PUBLISHED: 10:55 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

A HOSPICE has been given a much needed cash injection of £252,257 to provide better facilities and brand new equipment for residents. Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice in Abbey Wood, is one of 123 hospices across the country to be awarded the money,

A HOSPICE has been given a much needed cash injection of £252,257 to provide better facilities and brand new equipment for residents.

Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice in Abbey Wood, is one of 123 hospices across the country to be awarded the money, which is part of a £40 million government grant.

The Department of Health's End of Life Care Strategy was launched two years ago in a bid to give better quality care, more dignity and more privacy to hospice residents.

Hospice chief executive, Kate Heaps said: "It's fantastic news. The funding will allow us to focus on some really important environmental changes that will enhance the quality of the service that we provide, as well as improving safety and promoting dignity for people who are seriously ill.

"The changes will also 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."

Money will be spent on buying fall prevention beds, installation of hand washbasins with sensor activated taps and en suite facilities.

One patient's family was relieved to hear that thanks to the grant the hospice was able to provide a special bed for their mother who had a history of falls.

Meanwhile an Easter fair managed to raise £5,000 for the hospice after nearly 3,000 people turned up for their bank holiday event. Games included a giant egg hunt, bouncy castles, roundabouts, stalls and the delights of a children's entertainer called Dizzy Lolly.

Hospice Fundraiser Susan Adams, said: "The Easter Fair was our first major outdoor event of the year so we really wanted some good weather.

"We were lucky - it was dry and sunny, perfect for Easter egg hunts and outdoor activities. Thanks to everyone who supported it."

More than 60 volunteers helped the day go smoothly by manning stalls and helping to clear up.

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