Cash crisis forces children’s hospices in England to limit respite care

Government accused of reneging on pledge to increase grants as funding and corporate donations fall

Children’s hospices in England are in crisis and have started turning away families because of a lack of government funding and falls in corporate donations, charities have warned.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, which runs two children’s hospices in the south-east, will stop offering respite care from November to half the 500 local families who need it. “We are going to focus the majority of our respite care on the 250 children we have identified with the shortest prognosis,” said the chief executive, Nigel Harding.

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