Willowbrook has been awarded a grant of £663,000 from the Department of Health specifically to improve and extend the Inpatient facilities at the Hospice. We received the biggest share of the money available because St Helens and Knowsley are two areas of the greatest need – poorer areas where some people are not in great health and the chances of dying from cancer are higher than in other areas around the country.
However, Neil Wright, Chief Executive, stressed that although we have received this very welcome grant, it can only be used for building work. We still need the support of the local community, and donations and fundraising remain vital to maintain our day to day services for patients, carers and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Hospice receives 1000 referrals a year and consistently runs at 95% occupancy, so consequently there is always a waiting list. The additional single rooms being built from the grant, will provide more dignified and private care for people who are terminally ill or in need of specialist care.
It still costs £6,000 per day to run our services – so every single penny raised and donated by the local community helps someone to be cared for at Willowbrook.