FUNDRAISING bosses at Claire House say the hospice is ‘very much open for business’ but needs your support more than ever as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Like so many organisations, the hospice – which provides specialist nursing care and emotional support to seriously and terminally ill children and their families – is in unprecedented times and needs our readers’ continued supporters to keep giving.
Head of communications Hannah Shannon told the Globe today: "It's business as usual, but we are not running a respite service at the moment; except in exceptional circumstances. We are also offering virtual counselling and a telephone helpline service.
"It is a very anxious time for parents and we want to help as much as we can."
Last Wednesday the government announced a £750 million package to assist frontline charities including £200 million earmarked for hospices.
Hannah Shannon said: "Government funding is fantastic, but we don't know how long this pandemic will go on on for or how long the money would last.
"We have our 'rainy day' resources ready to use – obviously when the funding was set aside, we never thought about the possibility of a coronavirus pandemic – and are really careful about how they are used, because the hospice has to stay open.
"This is not an emergency appeal.
"A lot of fundraising events, such as the Mersey Tunnel 10k, have been postponed because of the pandemic.
"We are really desperate for funding and would urge people to keep supporting us."
The Clatterbridge-based hospice opened in December 1998.
It was inspired by Claire Cain who passed away in 1989, 19 days before her 10th birthday, after a brave battle with cancer.
Praising our readers’ heartwarming support, Hannah Shannon said: "People have donated things like sanitisers and personal protective equipment.
"These are tough times, but the public’s amazing generosity is helping us through."
To support, go to clairehouse.org.uk or call 0151 343 0883.