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MP Matt Western has pledged support to ‘vital’ Myton Hospices after the charity launched an emergency appeal.
The hospices in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby need to raise £500,000 in this financial year to avoid reducing services and turning some people away.
Myton Hospice launched a special friends and supporters scheme called My Myton, to help the local charity get through the difficult Covid-19 period.
One of the first to sign up to the scheme was Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western.
He said: “The Myton Hospices are invaluable for so many families in our area.
“After a difficult year, I urge residents to donate as much as they possibly can to help protect their long term future.
“Charities across the region are struggling: Myton is very much part of our community fabric, and is in need of extra funding to recover from the pandemic with all of its services intact.
“Please consider signing up to the My Myton programme this Christmas to safeguard the future of such a vital charity.”
Launching the initiative, The Myton Hospices chief executive, Ruth Freeman, said: “While it is important that we protect the NHS and care homes, it is also important that hospices are not forgotten.
“Thankfully local people are incredibly generous. Eighty percent of our income comes from fundraising.
“But without our mass participation events and with our shops closed for long periods there has been a sharp fall in income. Also making our hospices Covid-secure has meant additional costs.”
The charity is asking people to support their local hospice by becoming members of My Myton and donating £10 a month for 12 months.
Last year, Myton supported more than 1,800 patients and their families in its Inpatient Units, with counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, a ‘Living Well’ programme, and in people’s own homes through the ‘Myton at Home’ service.
The hospices have nearly 300 members of staff including the medical teams and are helped by more than 1,000 volunteers.
Although the Santa Dash, an annual sponsored run in which participants dress up as Santa, could not be held this year due to Covid restrictions, people did participate on their own and in their bubbles.
To support your local hospice and join My Myton go to www.mytonhospice.org/MyMyton to
sign up online or download a form from the website, call 01926 358383 to sign up over the
phone or request a form to be sent to you.