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Help us to keep our doors open

Published date: 12 March 2019 by Rachel Swanson

Help us to keep our doors open

It currently costs us £1.6 million pounds to keep the doors of our hospice open, but the increase in costs and and demand to raise funds is making this more and more difficult. Last night we featured on BBC North West Tonight to talk about this issue, and you can also read more about is in today's Liverpool Echo. But we have been speaking to our Head of Care, Flo Bergquist to find out why this is so important and critical right now:

"When I joined Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in July 2006 it had been open for 11 years.I qualified as a nurse in 1994, working my way up from staff nurse to ward sister at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Ready for a fresh challenge, I joined Zoë’s Place as Head of Care. Back then we were helping to support up to 20 families – in 2019, we are looking after 55 families from the North West and beyond.

As a dedicated baby hospice our work is unique, providing a lifeline to babies and young children up to five with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. We provide respite for children with complex health needs – many who require 24 hour care which can be exhausting for families. Beyond respite, we provide bereavement facilities and support during the most difficult time of dealing with the loss of a child.  Families can use our bereavement suite even if they have had no contact with Zoë’s previously.  We are able to provide round the clock care and support for these families.  The child can rest in our Snowdrop Suite until the funeral, and we are able to help with the practicalities of registering the death, and with funeral arrangements.  

Of course none of this would be possible without support from the community.  Our donors help us in so many ways and every penny makes a huge difference to our hospice. We need to raise over £130,000 per month to ensure we are able to provide the level of support our families need.  This is a huge challenge due to the current financial situation where donations have reduced significantly over the past twelve months. We are reaching out to the people of Merseyside to donate and help secure the future of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice."

It costs just £30 an hour to provide care for one child, please consider donating now to help make a huge difference to so many families, to make sure that our doors stay open so that we can keep doing what we do. Click below now to donate or you can read our stories of our special babies by clicking on Find Out More.

 

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