A group which provides vital support services for people with life-limiting conditions is being forced to close after an appeal for financial help failed to provide the necessary cash.
Over the past 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.
In May the News Post Leader revealed how they were appealing for help to raise enough money to keep the facility operating for four months until they could find a long-term solution.
But the service will be forced to fold today.
Operational service manager Liz Harmer said: “We will close, and those people will have nowhere else to turn to.
“Obviously we are all devastated.
“I am trying to pull together a handout about anything else available for our service users but there is not a lot available out there.”
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: “We would like to thank everyone for dedication and support to the service over the last 14 years where we have supported almost 900 individuals with a life limiting illness and their carers.”