A CHARITY which provides palliative care to cancer sufferers - as well as a host of other services throughout the Dungannon area - has revealed there is a shortfall in its fundraising target for 2013.
Among the facilities provided locally by the Southern Area Hospice charity are the Day Hospice Unit and consultant-led outpatient services at South Tyrone Hospital, as well as a specialist palliative care nurse in the Dungannon area.
A spokesperson for the charity said it faces the momentous task of raising £2.3 million “to maintain the current level of service”.
In the last year, 300 outpatient visits were made at South Tyrone Hospital.
From March 2012 to March 2013, 450 patients availed of the services at the Daycare Unit. A fifth of the inpatients at the hospice in Newry are from Tyrone at any time.
Majella Gollogly, Fundraising Manager at Southern Area Hospice, said: “We fully understand that many people are struggling to make ends meet and that the recession is affecting everyone. Hospice services are no different and with more local people than ever diagnosed with cancer and needing hospice care, making a donation to hospice or supporting a fundraising event will help to raise the money necessary to provide the care that local patients and their families need and deserve.”
Ms Gollogly insisted there is “absolutely no threat” to hospice services in the Tyrone area. People can support hospice events planned for the coming weeks, or donate immediately by texting SAH01 from as little as £1, £2 or £5, or call the fundraising team on 30251333.