Sue Ryder is launching an emergency appeal to try and save Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham from the effects of the Coronavirus crisis.
As fundraising events are cancelled and its charity shops are closed, the charity faces a £12 million funding gap over the next three months, which could lead to the closure of Gloucestershire’s only inpatient palliative care unit at Leckhampton Court Hospice.
The hospice provides specialist end-of-life care to cancer patients, as well as support for their families.
Chief Executive Heidi Travis said: ‘We have been calling on the Government to support us but no funding has materialised. The country will lose its hospices at a time when they are needed most.
‘Our doctors and nurses are working night and day to provide end of life care to more people now and in the coming weeks, than ever before. We are a critical front-line support service in the fight against Coronavirus yet we are on the brink of closure.
‘We are all facing something we have never faced before and we are asking the public to give whatever you can afford to help us to help those who need it most.’
For more information and to donate, visit sueryder.org