THE importance of donations to the running of Lippen Care’s Strathmore Hospice is outlined in the annual report which will be delivered at the charity’s annual general meeting on Wednesday (tonight).
In the year up to April 5, 2011, some £39,972 worth of donations was made to Lippen Care, up from £26,790 from the same period the previous year.
Fund-raising brought in £21,402 (compared to £15,153 in 2010), although membership fees of £605 were £70 down.
The shop sales also decreased from £13,162 to £12,052, although the bank interest received rose from £47 in 2010 to £1,285, giving total receipts up to April 5 this year of £75,316 (£66,827).
Payments of £86,727 were made during the year compared to £60,831 in 2010, leaving a deficit of £11,411. The closing balance was £124,028 (£135,439).
The biggest expense was £27,551 for the purchase and replacement of equipment, and £24,741 for salary contributions.
Writing in the annual report, Moira Nicoll, chairman gives an update on a “busy and productive year”.
She said: “Some of our volunteers received their awards from NHS for over five years service at a reception at Stracathro, and at the other end of the spectrum we are still having new volunteers coming forth for induction.
“We have bought several pieces of equipment including new beds giving greater comfort and independence for the patient, a blood monitor, boxes to be distributed to patients wishing to stay at home containing prescribed medicines from GPs and various equipment for patients for their home stay. Items are also being bought to refurbish the hospice as time has lapsed and several items now need replaced.”
The Executive Committee has identified ways forward which are: the maintenance and upkeep of the hospice is a priority; maintaining the high standard in surroundings and equipment; volunteers; fund-raising; promote palliative care re advice to communities, and publicity.
In her report manager Marion Hood speaks of the positive feedback which continues from patients, families and visitors who experience the quality of care and compassion administered by all the carers.
She said: “The voluntary service for Lippen Care is in the good hands of 76 dedicated, hard-working volunteers who continue to give their time freely.
“Huge thanks must be accorded to them for their loyal and cheerful support at all times, carrying out a variety of tasks.
“The Lippen Care Volunteer Befriending Service launched in May 2010 is going very well. The purpose of this new venture is to support adults both in the hospital setting and out in the local community.”
Lippen Care continues to attract a variety of donations from various sectors of the community, from those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries to those retiring.
Last week a cheque for £280 was presented by the Forfar class of Slimming World.
This was the proceeds of a Slimming World 12 week “Let’s beat obseITy” challenge, run at the class in St John’s Church hall and led by Carmen Glasby. Members lost a total of 34st 7lbs.
A group of local young farmers from the Forfar area raised £800 for Lippen Care at a Destruction Derby Day last year.
Those involved were Gavin Orr, Peter McLaren, Ian Grant, Fraser Grant, Craig Orr, Ally Orr, Bruce Ramsay, Daniel Farquharson and Graeme Jarron.