We expect to see losses of at least £2 million in voluntary income this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and it is not yet certain of the financial impact of lockdown 2.0. Despite this we continue to provide care and support for people with life limiting illnesses and their families, in our hospices and in the community, and we are working hard to protect these vital services for the future.
We have made cost savings of £1.5m by streamlining our support functions in order to protect services for patients and families. We are the only provider of Inpatient beds in Coventry and Warwickshire, and both of our units remain open. We are still running services from all three of our sites in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick, whilst much of this is being done remotely we are offering some face to face appointments in our hospices where necessary.
Myton’s frontline staff continue to play an important role in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and we are admitting patients with Covid-19 if they meet the usual referral criteria. Myton also provides support for families and we recognise the importance of loved ones being able to visit safely. Those who choose to stay at home to die, and their carers, are being supported by our Myton at Home nurses.
For the second time this year Myton’s 25 shops have had to close and all face to face fundraising has stopped, whilst the future of mass participation events remains uncertain. There are a number of ways you can support your local charity, from donating your time or good quality items for us to sell when our shops reopen, to spreading the word that services remain open or making a donation. You can find out more on social media @MytonHospices, or make a donation to our urgent appeal here.
CEO, Ruth Freeman said:
Now more than ever before we need the support of our community. We are doing all we can to protect your local hospice services but we can’t do it alone. Whilst we are not in crisis, we are facing huge financial pressures and it is essential we safeguard Myton so we can be there for those who need us most, now and in the future. I would urge anyone that can help us to please get in touch or go online and make a donation. Thank you all for your continued support.