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Channel 4 News has featured Banbury’s Katharine House Hospice in a special report about hospice care and the national hospice funding crisis.

Channel 4’s cameras followed staff and patients at the hospice for two days to see what happens at the hospice in Adderbury that cares for more than 900 families affected by a life-limiting illness, and the resulting film tells the story of two patients who are being supported by the hospice at the end of their lives. The film also highlights the funding issues faced by Katharine House, which also affects more than 160 of the UK’s 200 hospices

Chris Higgins, Marketing and Communications Manager at Katharine House, said;

“We were delighted to work with Channel 4 News to create the film, and it shows the vital care Katharine House provides to local families. Unfortunately, the care that is shown in the film is at risk because of broken national hospice funding model. With the government only providing a quarter of the £4.8 million Katharine House needs every year, we now face a budgeted deficit of more than £435,000 this year. We hope that the film will shine a light on the work Katharine House and other hospices do for people, and that it will inspire our community to donate to help close the funding shortfall and ensure that local people can still access the care they urgently need.”

With the charity warning that the deficit puts services at risk for more than 900 local families living with cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure and around 20 other life-limiting illnesses, Katharine House launched an appeal to the local community last autumn to help close the funding gap. Whilst more than £60,000 has already been raised, at least £400,000 is still urgently needed.


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