St Barnabas could lose £1m due to coronavirus impact

The coronavirus outbreak has stretched resources for every organisation and business in the country, not least at Lincolnshire-based St Barnabas Hospice, which is in danger of crippling losses.

It has announced that losses of up £1 million over the next three months could come as a result of COVID-19.

The hospice has seen a significant drop in fundraising income, something that pays for most of its care.

Charity shops are temporarily closed and many fundraising events have been cancelled until further notice.

A crisis care appeal video has been uploaded to the St Barnabas YouTube channel to explain the stories of the hard work the staff do for vulnerable patients.

The £1 million figure equates to 20 weeks of care within the specialist inpatient unit on Nettleham Road in Lincoln.

Chris Wheway, chief executive of St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We want to reassure the public that we are still here, caring in the community.

“Our clinical team is as dedicated as ever to continue delivering our outstanding care and support to those who need us.

“Our nurses, doctors and healthcare staff are working on the frontline to deliver round-the-clock care through this pandemic, much like their NHS colleagues.

“In these uncertain times, small acts of kindness can make a huge difference.”

The easiest way to make a donation is by visiting the St Barnabas crisis website here.

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