Charity Spotlight – East Coast Hospice

The Great Yarmouth area needs a facility providing in-patient hospice care. I highlighted this and the lack of real choice for end-of-life-care in my debate in the House of Commons in June.

It’s great news that we are one step closer to this aim, following the exchange of contracts for the conditional purchase by East Coast Hospice of a five acre site on Sidegate Road in Gorleston. The charity plans to build a ten-bed hospice and operate a specialist palliative care support service. That’s a mammoth task for a local charity that is independent from the National Health Service. The government has £40 million of funding for hospices but this is only available to existing facilities along with Peter Aldous, the MP for Lowestoft, I am trying to persuade ministers to change this rule.

They have a visible presence on our high streets with their popular charity shops in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. They are an easy way to show your support; by popping in to grab a bargain, donating any unwanted items or helping as a shop volunteer. The fundraising team organise a range of events throughout the year – find out more on their website.

24th August 2011