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Councillor Tim Lockington supports St. Elizabeth's Hospice

May 5, 2020 11:32 AM

Councillor Tom Lockington said-

"Charities which have major fund income from shops and sponsored events and especially those whose service demands are increased by the social and health effects of coronavirus and lockdown are particularly vulnerable. Hospice and Hospice Care has a very ambiguous position within healthcare as it provides a great deal of service and support to the NHS (and its clinical professionals have similar conditions of service including wage structures), but like arms length County Council Council commissioned services, eg. citizens advice, its income from the public purse is not secure.

Last month I donated my attendance allowance to St. Elizabeth's Hospice and in return had an email confirming the problems that they have had because of dependence on their charity shops for its funding stream. I am sure the Hospice service is active in the palliative emotional support disaster that is social distancing for people who are dying. My experience is that Hospice professionals have the sort of humane wisdom that is not always to be found elsewhere. I think there is likely to be a much increased burden of bereavement pathology arising from disrupted normal processes of end-of-life and saying goodbye."

Tim Lockington