WREXHAM based hospice Nightingale House is feeling the pinch as the cost-of-living crisis worsens and households tighten outgoings.

Since energy and fuel prices soared earlier this year supporters have been forced to reconsider their spending regardless of where they would prefer to see their money going.

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Since the start of 2022, Nightingale House, which provides free palliative care service, has seen a drop in donations of 36 per cent. Its lottery, supported by thousands of local people, has also seen a dip in memberships which people have been forced to cancel because of the rise of household bills.

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Laura Parry, the hospice's head of income generation, said: “Families are facing financial struggles and we wholeheartedly understand that there are other priorities for many of our supporters.

"We, ourselves are feeling the pinch and envisage this getting harder over the next 12 months.

“As an organisation, like many others, we have worked hard to survive the pandemic during the past few years. We are now facing further challenges in finding the necessary funds to run hospice services when we know it is a strain for all.”

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She added: “We are very grateful of all the support we continue to receive from the local community, in so many ways. We hope that the public will continue to help whenever they are able.”

New research from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) shows cost pressures are affecting donations to charities in general.

Six out of 10 (58 per cent) people plan to cut back on discretionary spending over the next six months to manage their bills. For charities across the UK, this has a knock-on impact. Last month, only a quarter of people donated to them, meaning that around two million fewer people donated to charity than usual.

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The hospice has been looking at other ways to keep its finances afloat during this difficult time. Most of its running costs are met through fundraising and other channels of income generation including its on-site café and retail outlets that make a significant contribution to maintaining services for those with life-limiting illnesses within palliative care.

It costs £4,041,617 each year to run Nightingale House Hospice.

That’s equivalent to:

  • £336,801 per month
  • £77,723 per week
  • £11,073 per day

For those who can help, an easy ‘cost effective’ way of supporting the hospice during this difficult time would be to support Nightingale House’s Charity shops across the area, in Wrexham, Oswestry, Mold and Buckley.

Alternatively sign to for the hospice's weekly lottery draw. This would be a contribution of just £1 per week and players are in with a chance of winning £2500 each week.

For more information about the hospice lottery and how to join visit, www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/lottery or call 01978 313134.