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Funding Boost for Dorchester Hospice

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

7:18am 11th April 2013
(Updated 1:36pm 11th April 2013)

Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester is to get £256,136 worth of Government funding.

The money will be used to refurbish the inpatient unit.

It's one of 176 hospices to get a share of a £60M hand out.

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects delivering improvements that directly benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the physical environment and provide value for money.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said:

"Every one of us has the right to the best quality of care at the end of our lives - hospices play an integral role in helping to deliver this.

"This fund will help hospices provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives."

David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, said:

"Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

"Currently, too many people do not get the care they want or need and the numbers needing care continue to increase. Together, we face the challenge to ensure that people receive the best possible care at the end of life, irrespective of where they choose to be cared for, where they live or what condition they have. This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided."

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