DERIAN HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE: ‘We can only open for 7 weeks’

Georgina Cox
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The Chorley hospice typically receives between five and seven per cent of its funding from the government each year.

The statutory funding equates to roughly enough money to keep the doors open for around seven weeks of the year; the rest of the hospice’s income comes from fundraising, corporate and community sponsors, retail shops, and donations.

Derian House cares for children in Lancashire and South Cumbria, which encompasses 15 clinical commissioning groups. It only receives financial assistance from three of those CCGs, which, together with a small grant from NHS England, amounts to seven per cent of the total income required.

Chief executive officer Georgina Cox said: “Derian House prides itself on being one of the country’s most cost-effective charities, with around 90p of every £1 donated going towards supporting children and young people. However, opportunities could be further enhanced if a fairer system of funding was offered by the government and CCGs. Due to a reduction in statutory funding, many other children’s hospices have been forced to reduce services, a route which Derian really does not wish to follow.”

“We welcome the call from Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives for funding arrangements for hospices to be made fairer, less complex and sustainable.”