Hospice donation is just what the doctor ordered

Alice House Hospice, Wells Avenue. Picture by FRANK REID
Alice House Hospice, Wells Avenue. Picture by FRANK REID

Hospice chiefs have thanked a house builder following a donation could help fund an on-call doctor for a month.

Alice House Hospice has been donated £1,000 from a monthly scheme run by house builder Persimmon Homes Durham.

The cash, which is enough to fund the cost of having a specially trained doctor on call every night and weekend for a month, has been donated through the Community Champions fund, which sees a donation of £2,000 each month to share between two worthy causes.

Carol Sennett, who made the charity bid on behalf of the hospice, said: “At the hospice we believe that everybody is entitled to dignity and respect. Each person’s journey is different and we pride ourselves in being able to provide a package of care tailored to each individual’s circumstances.

“This year it will cost more than £3million to run our hospice. With limited Government funding we are faced with raising £7,000 a day to sustain our vital work.

“The £1,000 donation is enough to pay for the on-call doctor every night and weekend for a whole month, or to fund two people staying in the in-patient unit for just one day. We rely heavily on the support of the community and business sector to ensure the needs of our patients are met and we are grateful for that ongoing support.”

Christine Cooper, sales director for Persimmon Homes Durham, said: “The care and support offered by Alice House to patients and their families is truly priceless and we are glad to be able to offer our support by making the donation through our Community Champions scheme.”

For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity