In the early hours of Saturday morning, twenty three residents of St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex, were evacuated following an explosion and fire. Three patients have since died following the evacuation, two of which were being treated for smoke inhalation.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £5,000 to support the Hospice during this difficult time. Since 1987, St Michael’s has been part of the Grand Charity Hospice Scheme and has received over £84,000 in total. The emergency grant will help the Hospice’s recovery needs by funding emergency supplies such as blankets and food, the relocation of patients and repairs. The Province of Sussex, a long-time supporter of St Michael’s Hospice, has also indicated that it will be making an emergency grant to the cause.
St Michael’s Hospice
St Michael’s Hospice are an independent charity and all their services are given free so they are heavily dependent on the generosity of local individuals, companies, groups and trusts. With only 30% of our total funding coming from the Government in the form of various grants they still need to raise almost £5 million each year.
St Michael’s Hospice believe that, as well as expert medical care, it is just as important to care for a person’s practical, social, spiritual and emotional needs too. St Michael’s provide care, not only within the Hospice, but also in the community. Many of their patients are cared for at home with skilled nursing support or night sitting services. St Michael’s Hospice also offer a range of Day Services, providing supportive care and company. They offer an holistic approach to care, aiming to meet people’s individual needs.