Welwyn Garden City-based charity plans to open 10 new shops

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 January 2018

Isabel Hospice's Living Well with Isabel Hub opening at Hall Grove in Welwyn Garden City last October. Picture credit: Peter Bussey.

Isabel Hospice's Living Well with Isabel Hub opening at Hall Grove in Welwyn Garden City last October. Picture credit: Peter Bussey.

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A Welwyn Garden City-based charity plans to open 10 new shops in a bid to raise £2.2million as part of an expansion of its services.

Isabel Hospice, which provides support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, announced this week that it hopes to increase its fundraising income from £2.8million to £5million by 2022.

Elizabeth Paske, director of Isabel Hospice Clinical Services, said: “We know that now for every two people we help there is a third person who would really benefit from our specialist care.

“This gap frustrates us, and we aim to meet the need over the next five years by significantly extending our specialist services to help more people.”

She added that around 700 people in eastern Hertfordshire who could benefit from hospice care are not accessing it each year, and said expanding the services will help the hospice tackle a shortfall of care for those at home.

The expansion plans also include working with other hospices to “achieve economies of scale on fundraising activities”, as well as raising the profile across media channels and encouraging more people to support fundraising campaigns.

Last year 140 people benefited from the hospice’s Living Well activites, which include exercise and singing groups, but by 2022 it hopes to increase this to 500 people.

The charity will also be opening more Living Well Community Hubs across eastern Hertfordshire, which will include Community Cafes.

An Isabel Hospice spokeswoman said: “We hope our communities will respond to our new vision by continuing to support us in their fundraising activities and with their donations and support in our shops.

“We recognise the enormous demands on NHS funding and while we will work in partnership with the CCG to identify potential funding for specific projects, we plan to invest significantly in our fundraising and retail income streams to fund these ambitious plans.”

She added that eastern Hertfordshire’s population is expected to grow by over 70,000 to 440,000 by 2033, and currently more than 40 per cent of people over 65 are living alone.

For more information about the charity and its expansion plans visit https://www.isabelhospice.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/detail/2018/01/25/together-we-care---our-5-year-vision.

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