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More than £40,000 raised for local hospice hotline

PUBLISHED: 14:11 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 26 January 2016

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice receive almost £44,000 from the recent Santa's Grotto at The Broadway, Bexleyheath, pictured are hospice nurse Sarah Parker and Christine Barton from The Broadway. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice receive almost £44,000 from the recent Santa's Grotto at The Broadway, Bexleyheath, pictured are hospice nurse Sarah Parker and Christine Barton from The Broadway. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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Donations came from Broadway Shopping Centre

Shoppers in Bexleyheath have helped raise money for a 24-hour phone service for people with life-limiting illnesses.

The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice supports people suffering with illness and their families.

Money was raised for the hospice from the Christmas Grotto at Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre.

They raised £43,731.23 in total.

All of the money raised is going toward the Hospice’s Assessment and Co-ordination Team, Hospice ACT.

Ben and Layla Evans, children of firefighter Nick Evans, whose family have been supported by the service, opened the grotto in November, with donations coming from visiting families.

A Nurse with the hospice, Sarah Parker, said the donation would help families with better access to the services 24-hour phoneline.

She said: “The idea is that any referrals to the Hospice go to one central point.

“Any phone calls from patients, relatives and health professionals can be acted upon far more quickly so people can be directed quicker to the service they need.

“We look after some people for years, months, weeks and, in some cases, just a few hours. It’s important to us to respect people’s needs, taking into account their personal circumstance and preferences.

“We aim to work with each person to take away any fear and let them know they are not alone.

“The hospice really appreciates the support we get from the community. Most residents of Bexley know someone has benefitted from our work.

Broadway Shopping Centre manager Peter Sedge said: “We are delighted that our kind hearted shoppers have managed to raise such a large amount in aid of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

“The staff, nurses and volunteers who keep the Hospice going provide a wonderful service to the community.

“It’s great news that the money raised by our Santa’s Grotto will help fund their new service, which will provide comfort and support to so many people, often in their darkest hours.”

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