Patients and their families at Myton Hospice in Rugby will benefit from a £90,000 grant from the Government.
The charity learned this week that two bids for funding have been successful – meaning a total of £500,000 will be heading its way.
Myton has been awarded £90,000 to upgrade the facilities at its Rugby hospice and a further £442,000 for work to improve counselling facilities and relative accommodation at its Warwick Hospice.
Last November the Department of Health announced it would be spending £60 million on improving hospice buildings across the UK. The money can only be used for specific projects and cannot be used towards the running costs of the organisation or services.
The sums are lower than the hospice had bid for, but staff are still pleased with the result.
Myton chief executive Kate Lee said: “We are delighted to have received these grants and the money will make huge difference to the patients and families we look after. In Rugby we submitted a bid for £132,000 and have been granted £90,000 which, although it doesn’t cover everything, is still a huge sum of money.
“It is an exciting time but we need lots more consultation about how we can achieve both of these projects successfully and within the budget we now have. These grants are fantastic but they can only be used for capital projects, not running costs and the criteria which are very tight. We are always amazed at the level of loyalty and support we receive from the local community and will be relying on them to help us raise the £7.5 million we need to run our services this year.”
The Myton Hospices has three hospices in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby and provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. For more information, visit www.mytonhospice.org