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Legacies - 'the next 21 years'

Next year, The Heart of Kent Hospice celebrates 21 years of providing very specialist palliative care to patients with a life-limiting illness. Kate Bosley, Chief Executive, reflects on the charity’s early years and the present day.

“When the Hospice opened in 1991 it consisted of an inpatient unit and initially 4 beds were opened (now 12). Since our inception, the specialist services we provide to patients and their families have grown enormously. As well as our inpatient unit, we now support about 300-350 patients at any one time in the community.  We aim to enable patients to remain in their own homes as long as possible and we are developing vital new services to enhance this, including a 2-hour crisis response service for those approaching the end of life.

“We receive a Government grant of 29% of our total annual running costs (now £3.6m) but on-going funding is always an issue.  We are fortunate to have the generous support from our community and legacies form a very important part of our yearly income.  Over the past 21 years, legacy income has enabled us to grow and develop our services and we all remain indebted to those who choose to support the Hospice’s work after their death.”

Long-term volunteers for the Hospice, Norma and David Bennett, explain why they’ve left a legacy to the Hospice. “A number of our friends have been cared for by the Hospice.  It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the care is marvellous. We love the place, and quite simply it must carry on.”

If you would like to support the Hospice in this way, please call 01622 790195.