An Oxford hospice says it needs support now more than ever after announcing it will close one of its two care hubs to ensure it can survive.
The drastic steps announced by Helen & Douglas House come after a shortfall in funding and a ‘highly competitive fundraising environment’.
From August, the charity will no longer be providing a service for 18-35-year-old patients currently cared for at Douglas House.
It is anticipated this will result in the region of 60 redundancies across the organisation in 2018.
The charity says that it has been working to reduce operating costs for some time, but that the savings made were not sufficient.
Chair of the trustees, Elizabeth Drew said: “We are adopting a prudent approach to reduce the service in line with what we can afford in order to keep the hospice open.
“We are confident that this places the organisation on a firm foundation from where it can evolve to meet the emerging needs of our young patients. We are grateful for all the support we get from the local community and now, more than ever, we need you.”
The charity said it will continue to support the young adult patients and their families currently in its care and help them access alternative care where available in the community.
It will continue to provide specialist palliative care for terminally ill children and young people aged 0-18 years old both at Helen House and at home.
Chief executive officer Clare Periton will continue in her post and lead the organisation through the changes. It is anticipated she will reduce her executive team by half.
A spokesperson said the charity currently spends £5.2million in order to run the hospice and for at least the past seven years has not received sufficient funds to cover the costs.