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Cash crisis may lead to loss of support group

Central Palz at Seaton Hirst Primary Care Centre at Ashington-facing possible closure through funding cuts.
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Central Palz at Seaton Hirst Primary Care Centre at Ashington-facing possible closure through funding cuts. REF 1704149729

A group which provides vital support services for people with life-limiting conditions is appealing for financial help to remain open.

Over the last 14 years, staff and volunteers at Central Palz have helped hundreds of families in south east Northumberland.

But with annual running costs of £100,000, officers have found money tight in the current financial conditions.

Now they are appealing for help to raise £30,000 to keep the facility operating for the next four months until they can find a long-term solution.

Operational service manager Liz Harmer said: “Over the past 14 years we have made a difference to almost 850 individuals and their families with a life-limiting illness, but due to the current economic climate funding is becoming increasingly more difficult, without funding Central Palz will cease to operate.

“We will close, and those people will have nowhere else to turn to. At present we need to raise £30,000 in order to maintain the service for the next four months.”

Established in 2000, Central Palz provides palliative care in the community for people living with life-limiting conditions in Central Northumberland, and support for their carers.

Liz added: “Central Palz provides a life-line to 100 individuals each Wednesday and Thursday.

“Based in the heart of the community in Ashington our referrals come from all of the 13 GP practices in central Northumberland. The service that patients and carers receive at Central Palz is truly unique.

“Many of our users are isolated by their condition and circumstances, and our users are able to cope better with their illness and day to day living knowing that they are provided with supportive care.

“Central Palz prides itself on providing excellent value for money for users and funders alike.

“However, providing multiple services to over 800 patients and carers over the past fourteen years with wide-ranging and complex needs under one roof costs Central Palz in excess of £100,000 each year.

“The economic climate is particularly challenging and Central Palz is dependent upon the generous support of its funders to continue to be there for some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our community.”

Anyone who can help out can call Central Palz on (01670) 842021.

 

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