11:03AM, Sunday 10 November 2013
A 'vital need' for palliative care is on the increase according to a survey commissioned by Help for Hospices.
Seven in 10 people think demand for hospice care will increase in coming decades because of the UK's rapidly ageing population, and many are worrying about its availability.
Services run by Thames Hospice, based in Hatch Lane, Windsor, costs £5.5m, with only 20 per cent of these funds coming from Government funding.
Debbie Raven, director of patient and family services at Thames Hospice, said: "With an ageing population, it is inevitable that demand for our services are increasing.
"It is imperative that we are responsive and effective in these increases as best we can within the resources available to us."
She added: "Last year we were extremely fortunate with substantial legacy income, which is allowing us to expand our building, but we are not complacent and cannot emphasise how important it is that the community continues to support us."
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