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Local ambulance service donates £303 to The Katharine House Hospice

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has donated £303 to Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury.

The money was raised by the Trust at the suggestion of Chief Executive Will Hancock by raffling off gifts received from suppliers including a Christmas hamper, wines, spirits and chocolates.

Pauline Davies, Receptionist at the SCAS' Bicester Headquarters presented the cheque to Katharine House Hospice Community Fundraiser Valerie Carter together with the contents of one of the charity's collection boxes. This was donated by staff working in the Trust's Bicester Emergency Operations Centre in recognition of the care their colleague Nick Vannozzi received from Katharine House Hospice in April 2011. 

Valerie Carter, Community Fundraiser at The Katharine House Hospice, said:

'We're delighted to receive this fantastic amount from the local ambulance service. We could not run our services at Katharine House without the wonderful support of front line ambulance crews.' 

The Katharine House Hospice provides specialist palliative care and support to the residents of Banbury and the surrounding area.  It includes a 10-bed inpatient unit, a 12-place day hospice, a community support team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and a bereavement team supporting patients' families.

No charge is made for any part of the services The Katharine House Hospice provides. This year it will cost £2.5 million to run these services. With only around 40% of the charity's income coming from Government Katharine House Hospice must raise at least £1.5 million from the local community.

To make a donation to The Katharine House Hospice visit or write to Katherine House Hospice, East End, Adderbury, OX17 3NL.

Published 10 May 2012

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