A hospice has warned it faces losing over a million pounds this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
St David’s Hospice chiefs say they’re fighting for their survival, despite extra Welsh Government support.
The charity, which is due to open a new satellite facility in Holyhead this spring, has been forced to cancel all of its fundraising events summer and close 26 shops across North West Wales.
A recovery fund has been launched amid forecasts that the hospice will lose 90% of its income between now and July.
Trystan Pritchard, St David’s Hospice CEO, said: ”We have faced difficult financial challenges in the past, but nothing as extensive as the losses we face due to COVID- 19.”
”At the very start of the pandemic, we had no choice but to send our income generation and volunteer workforce home. This means that 90% of our income will be lost in the months of May, June and July and there is no telling how long it might take to get back to where need to be.”
”I know now that we will be £1 million short of what we need to run the Hospice this year, even after the government’s announcement of help.”
The hospice has receieved £600,000 from Welsh Government ministers as part of a package aimed at keeping clinical services running during the pandemic.
That funding will help meet its costs until June – but after that, the hospice will have to rely on community funding to avoid closure.
Mr Pritchard added the support was ”no doubt a lifeline and it will enable us to keep our inpatient and outreach services open throughout the pandemic, but it will not sustain our future.”
”As a charity, we are very aware of the struggles that businesses and individuals face, and we must face that fundraising will be harder than ever.”
Each year, St David’s Hospice must raise over £4 million to continue its services – but just 14% of annual funding comes from the NHS and local government.
Its other fundraising initiatives include a weekly lottery, offering a top prize of £1000, online donations and a newly launched ‘Daisy Garden’ appeal.