We know that as a community we face some challenging times ahead and the wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and customers remains our top priority. In our shops, staff and volunteers have been issued with disposable gloves, hand sanitiser and bacterial wipes; and we have put in place additional safety measures for the safe handling, processing and resale of your donations.
As part of the fabric of the Isle of Man, Hospice has to fundraise over £4.5m each year towards our running costs and never more so have we had such an important role to play during these exceptional circumstances. We are wherever possible keeping our retail shops and warehouse open, however this may not continue to be possible due to the fall in the number of customers. We will obviously continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you, our valued supporters, informed. Many of you will have already seen that we have had to refocus how our shops and patient services can best serve their local communities, by supporting people to stay at home.
At present, we are still accepting your donations at our Island-wide shops and warehouse as these are vitally important to enable us to continue to provide our services, free of charge, to patients.
We will make every effort to keep our stores open, in the event that your local Hospice shop has reorganised opening times, please do not leave donations outside on the pavement and either keep these for us for a later date or when the store reopens.
There are also many other ways you can support us. Did you know that for just £5 per play in the Hospice Lottery, you could win one of 3 guaranteed cash prizes each month of £1,000, £300 or £150, or by making a regular monthly donation of £10, you could fund a patient’s meals for a day.
You might also wish to consider leaving us a gift in your will so that we might continue our important work to help patients and their families. Did you know that leaving us a gift of £10,000, you would be funding a place in our in-patient unit for a month?