Charities merge to run new Black Country Hospice

7 February 2011
Two charities have joined forces to run a new £4.5 million hospice in the Black Country, it has been announced today.

The Walsall Hospice charity, which worked to get a hospice built in the town, will merge with St Giles Hospice to create a new centre for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses. It will be opened under the name St Giles Walsall Hospice.

St Giles has provided specialist care free of charge in Walsall and across the region for more than two decades.

The decision to merge follows the selection of St Giles Hospice to deliver hospice care at Walsall's £4.5m new palliative care centre.

Peter Holliday, St Giles Hospice Group chief executive, said: “This is the best possible news for the people of Walsall.

“It brings together the experience and resources of two highly respected charities which have long-served the interests of local people.

“The Walsall Hospice charity has successfully achieved its goal of helping to create a new hospice facility in the town.

“Now this timely merger with St Giles Hospice will ensure the momentum of the Walsall Hospice charity continues, while ongoing funding for the operation of the facility is managed in the most effective way under the single unified umbrella ofSt Giles Walsall Hospice.”

He added the total annual running costs of St Giles Walsall Hospice will be £1.6m with half of the funding coming from the NHS and the rest being raised by the community.

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