A HOSPICE for terminally ill patients is nearly ready to open its doors but still faces significant funding challenges despite dedicated support from the local community.
The Butterfly Hospice in Boston celebrated the completion of its six bed unit in April, following years of fund raising efforts.
When it begins admitting patients in early 2012 it is expected to benefit more than 200 families a year by providing respite care to terminally ill patients and support to their loved ones.
However, before it opens its doors the £850,000 annual running costs need to be covered through public funding supported by voluntary sources.
Chairman Yvonne Slater said: “We are fairly confident of receiving part funding for our impatient bed unit.
“It is imperative that we secure funds prior to accepting patients - we are committed to opening the hospice and ensuring that it remains open, which is only possible if our beds are part funded externally.”
Local GPs have praised the facility’s quality and believe the much needed resource will be receive part of its funding through the NHS.
Doctor Bunting said: “This is such an excellent facility and a much needed resource for the community, which needs to be in use as soon as possible.
“There is a shortage of inpatient beds locally and beds are available here. However it would not be in the long term intersts of the patient to open the hospice before sustainable sources of funding are agreed.
“Almost all hospices receive some level of NHS funding sho I would hope that an agreement can be reached ot part fund the facility soon.”
The Butterfly Hospice will begin its main fund raising campaign in January in the hope of raising the shortfall required to open its beds. To make a donation call 01205 311 222.