Small grant helps hospice

23 May 2019 - Latest news

Funding from a leading housing association has helped a Bishop Auckland hospice improve its facilities.

Butterwick Hospice has been able to enhance one of its day-care rooms after receiving a small grant from believe housing. Butterwick’s Bishop Auckland Hospice has been handed £500 from the County Durham-based housing association’s community grant fund to pay for the improved facilities.

The funding has allowed Butterwick Hospice to equip the room with better meeting and counselling service facilities for patients and anyone attending bereavement support groups. Now families and loved ones can sit together around a table to talk or shed a tear.

believe housing, formerly known as County Durham Housing Group, has supported more than 100 groups since launching its community grant fund in summer 2017.

Damian Pearson, Funding Officer at believe housing, said: “Butterwick’s hospice in Bishop Auckland is a fantastic facility and so much good work is done there. When we were approached for this small grant to improve one of the rooms our community grant panel were eager to assist.

“It might seem like a relatively small amount, but this £500 has made an instant impact and will play a small part in helping dozens of families during their time at the hospice.”

Diane McKenzie from Butterwick Hospice said: “Having the use of a large table in our community day room, has given us a much-needed space for our patients and clients who attend Butterwick for support. Our bereavement groups have made the most use of it so far, as it’s somewhere they can sit together and take part in art therapy activities.”

Full details of the community grant programme are available here or by calling 0300 1311 999.

The scheme provides funds of up to £500 and is designed to help new groups take their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.

Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible for the scheme.

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