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Coronavirus: Charity launches urgent appeal

Coronavirus: Charity launches urgent appeal

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:18pm 7th April 2020.

A charity which runs a hospice in Keighley has launched an urgent appeal

  • Sue Ryder has launched an emergency appeal to raise money to support its end-of-life services.
  • The national healthcare charity runs a hospice in Keighley, caring for patients from across the Bradford District.
  • The charity's lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A hospice in Keighley is at risk of closing because of the coronavirus outbreak, and the charity which runs it has launched an emergency appeal.

The Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provides palliative and day therapy services for patients from across the Bradford District.

The pandemic has meant that the Sue Ryder charity has lost income, as its fundraising events have been cancelled and charity shops have closed.

The charity say it comes at a time when the charity is being called on to support the NHS through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive at Sue Ryder, said:

“Our doctors and nurses are working night and day to provide end of life care to more people now and in the coming weeks, than ever before.

“We are a critical front-line support service in the fight against Coronavirus yet we are on the brink of closure.

“We are all facing something we have never faced before and we are asking the public to give whatever you can afford to help us to help those who need it most.”

The charity have published a letter written by a member of staff at Manorlands Hospice, calling on the public to make donations if they can.

Joanna Longden is a nurse at the hospice. Her letter reads:

"Today, we find ourselves needed more than ever before. It is devastating to think we might not be able to continue. I cannot imagine what our patients would do without us.

"This is why I am asking for your help. If we can raise enough money to help us get through the next few weeks we stand a chance.

"It will make all the difference."

If you'd like to donate, you can do so at www.sueryder.org/donate.