We’re looking forward to hosting a great night of music on the 21st April. Jonathan Silk is bringing his quartet this time, for a special joint fundraiser on behalf of the Birmingham St.Mary’s Hospice and the ‘On The Edge’ Fusion Youth Orchestra.
If you’re under 40, chances are you may have had the fortune not to be in contact with the Hospice before. Just in case you don’t know about all the wonderful care it provides here’s some info.
Often referred to by patients and relatives as ‘angels’, Birmingham St.Mary’s Hospice nurses are renowned for going that extra mile to ensure people with life-limiting illnesses enjoy the best possible quality of life. And they provide this service for as long as families need it. Since its launch in 1979, the Hospice has cared for tens of thousands of people with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and MS.
Hospice facilities and services
In addition to a 25-bed Inpatient Unit, where people can stay for vital respite, Birmingham St Mary’s boasts a 20-place Day Hospice and provides care to people who wish to stay in their own homes. The Day Hospice is a community in its own right, with people of all ages visiting every week to find release through a range of therapies, art and most importantly fellowship. The Hospice also supports relatives with bereavement preparation, physiotherapy tuition and counselling in addition to many other services.
How much the Hospice costs
With around 52 percent of the Hospice’s budget reliant on public goodwill, community fundraising is crucial to ensuring its highly specialised services can continue to be offered to the people of Birmingham and Sandwell. Annual running costs stand at £6.6 million, with around £1 million being raised in the Hospice’s shops and £2.7 million via community fundraising events. The remainder comes from the NHS.