Sue Ryder forced to launch second urgent fundraising appeal

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St John's Hospice in Moggerhanger

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, says it has been forced to launch a second urgent fundraising appeal due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity is currently short £2million a month, whilst its doctors and nurses continue to play a vital part in the Coronavirus effort.

“Coronavirus has hit us hard,” says Allison Mann, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

“We received a wonderful response from our supporters to our emergency appeal earlier in the year.

“This, paired with the emergency funding that we received from the government, covered our funding shortfall until the end of June 2020.”

Sue Ryder is now asking local people to get behind their appeal, ‘We Can’t Stop’, so they can continue to provide the expert and compassionate end of life care it is known for.

They say in order to keep their services running through the winter and beyond they urgently need to secure more funding now.

“Our fundraising events remain cancelled for the rest of this year and our high street shops have now closed for a second time,” added Allison.

“As we head into the winter months and coronavirus cases continue to rise we are expecting an increase in people needing end of life care.

“None of us expected this pandemic to go on for so long and clearly a monthly shortfall of £2 million is unsustainable for any charity, which is why we need to ask the public to help us.”

“We know that times are tough for everybody at the moment, so please be reassured that every bit really does help and thank you very much from all of us.”

To donate to the appeal, head to sueryder.org/winterappeal20

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