We’re further increasing the number of beds open at our two hospices. As plans are put in place to mark 40 years of providing specialist care to terminally ill adults in Cornwall, ten beds are now open at both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. It follows a determined period of investment for the charity’s Board of Trustees who have concentrated on the recruitment of more nursing staff in particular.

David Renwick is the charity’s Chair; “Recruitment of staff has been a constant challenge right across the healthcare sector in recent times, but here at Cornwall Hospice Care we have addressed this by investing in our existing team and recruiting more, equally well qualified people to help us expand our services for those who are living with terminal illnesses in the county. I won’t pretend this isn’t a huge challenge, especially as we rely so heavily on public support to fund our work, but we’ve been providing a service free of charge for 40 years now and we want to make sure we are here for the next 40 years at least.”

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Paul Brinsley is the Chief Executive; “As we head in to our 40th anniversary year it’s an accolade to the determination of our staff, volunteers and supporters that we are able to share news of more beds opening. In the last three months we’ve developed substantially; first we announced nine beds at each hospice and now we can confirm we have opened ten at each unit.

The needs of our patients are always changing and the requirement for our specialist services is growing. We have a commitment to support people in the place of their choice and so we must ensure there are beds available at our hospices and support services that are easily accessible in local communities. Our values reflect the work we are doing to provide the care, including collaborations with a range of healthcare providers and other charities, including Cruse Bereavement Care, to meet the challenges.”

David Renwick again; “We now need to work together with our supporters to ensure that in our 40th year, we celebrate these developments and build on them so terminally ill patients can continue to rely on our services. Watch out for a full calendar of events during 2020 and thank you in advance for your support. Together we can make a very special difference.”