Saint Catherine's closes its shops and reduces some services: Here's how you can really help the charity
The Scarborough-based charity Saint Catherine's, which covers a huge area along the coast and inland to Ryedale, has updated its advice to patients and families amid the coronavirus outbreak, and closed its shops.
The Scarborough News and sister titles are currently running an appeal, called Helping Hand, for the charity, which this year has to find an extra day's running costs as it is a leap year. It costs £11,000 a day to run the hospice's services.
In the coronavirus crisis, the charity needs your help more than ever.
On its website the charity says:
"At Saint Catherine’s we are doing everything we can to keep our patients, families, staff , volunteers and supporters safe at this difficult time.
"Our key clinical services are still running, which means that patients are still being cared for in the hospice and at home.
"However, in line with Government guidance and with safety paramount, we have taken the decision to reduce some face-to-face services and restrict visitors on site.
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"Also, our hospice shops will be closed for the time being and we have postponed all of our fundraising events that were planned during the next few months.
"Every decision being made is in the best interests of our patients, families, volunteers and staff.
"We need your continued support and help more than ever as we continue to pay and support all our members of staff – we appreciate every donation, every message and every offer of support.
"Together we are Saint Catherine’s and together we can make a difference – both now and in the coming weeks and months."