THE Hospice of the Good Shepherd has warned it may be forced to make redundancies and reduce services due to a £300,000 shortfall.
The Backford-based charity, which costs £2.2m to run every year, says the level of support from the community has declined over the last 18 months.
And if the situation hasn’t improved by March next year – when the shortfall is expected to have grown and possibly doubled – they will have no choice but to take action having already enforced a salary freeze.
The 12-bed hospice, which cares for 1,500 terminally-ill patients from Chester, Deeside, Ellesmere Port and rural Cheshire each year, is urging residents and businesses to come forward and help them by donating or raising muchneeded funds.
Chief executive David McClenaghan said: “We need a helping hand.
“Looking at the projection over the next six months there is a hole of £300k in our cashflow. The hole is growing.
“It’s not a crisis at the moment but it’s becoming a matter of some considerable concern.
“We don’t want compulsory redundancies and to reduce services, but if it continues that will happen.”
He added: “When things are difficult and tight the amount of money coming in is less. It’s a reflection of the climate we’re living in.
“But if people don’t know we’re in difficulty how will they know to pull out the stops? We need people to be aware that we need their support.”
A third of the hospice’s funding comes from the NHS, including a contribution from the Welsh Assembly.
The rest stems from fundraising, donations, gifts in wills, the Hospice Lottery and its stores, and community support groups.
To support the hospice call 01244 851 811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.