Thank you from Treetops Hospice Care

Published on: Friday, 3rd April 2020

The Chief Executive of Treetops Hospice has issued a statement offering thanks to the public for the level of support for the charity's Emergency Appeal.

Staff at the Risley-based site launched their appeal around two weeks ago but in the last week, Julie Heath said that they had been "bowled over" by the response with donations received almost reaching £50,000, a figure which covers the basic costs of ten nights of care from the Hospice at Home nursing team.

Julie said: "We have also received countless other offers of assistance including mobile phones, people offering to volunteer, and deliveries of bread, fruit and cake that we were able to distribute within the local community as part of our emergency care response service - Cake and Care. It costs us around £65 to fund one of these visits, and they are proving vital. 

As you know, we are anticipating a £1.4 million shortfall to our revenues, so please keep helping and spreading the word. We’ve already been asked if we can increase our capacity to support the NHS, so every penny really does count!"

The Hospice has also received kinds words, some of which are posted below:

  • “One word: Respect. Heroes, Heroes, Heroes”
  • “The Treetops nurses were wonderful with my dad when he was really poorly with cancer.”
  • “You do such good work that we all need to help you keep going.”
  • “I have donated. You are an incredible resource for so many people in need.”
  • “My Nanna in Sawley said she received a lovely package from you.  Thank you so much. I can’t see her and miss her loads. This cheered her up.”
  • “I’ll try to help you as much as I can as you did so much for my mum and my kids.”

Julie said that the comments gave staff a great boost in these scary times.

The Treetops Chief Executive also reported that after 17 shops and 2 cafés had been closed, retail and catering staff had been furloughed meaning that 80% of their salaries had been secured through the Chancellor’s job retention scheme, and although this had been countered by the income usually generated by those sites, the furloughing has not affected the bottom line.

However, she added that Treetops still needed the public's support as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt fundraising activities but that officials had pledged to carry on supporting what she described as "our amazing community" for as long as we possible with the hope that the Government will begin to support them as well as the public.

"We’re soon going to be sending you some ideas to keep you entertained at home, whilst also supporting Treetops.  Watch this space" she said. 

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