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St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley announces job losses due to COVID-19



St Catherine’s Hospice made the announcement through a statement following income loss during Covid-19.

No details have yet been released as to how many job losses there will be and the hospice is clear that services will not be affected for those in their care.

In a statement Chief Executive Giles Tomsett said:

“When 2020 began, none of us could have imagined the direction this year would take. This awful pandemic is a chapter in our personal and working lives that will live with us for a very long time. It has changed the way we all live, love, work and learn.

The same is true for your charitable hospice, St Catherine’s. Throughout the pandemic, we have been as focused as ever on helping local people who are facing the very worst of times while supporting the wider NHS, and I want to thank every one of you who has supported us through this time.

But despite all your amazing support, COVID-19 has placed a huge strain on our income and we’ve had to make the tough decision to change our plans for the next few years to adapt to this changed world.

Although we’re having to scale down our work to reflect our new situation, our ambition has not changed, including our intention to build a new hospice for our community when the time is right. We want to make sure that we can reach even more people who are facing death and bereavement in the future, so that nobody in our community has to face death and loss alone.”

He adds:

“We will be reducing our expenditure right across the charity so that we are as efficient as we can be during these tough times. And we will have less of our amazing team here at the hospice. The people who work at St Catherine’s are professional, dedicated and invariably brilliant. We are the place we are because of them, and because of their passion, humanity, bravery and love. Working at the hospice is so much more than a job to them. So to have to reduce our numbers is tough.

We’re right at the start of this process and we’ll know more about specific changes in the coming months. What I do know is that while we are scaling back, we will work hard to make sure this is only temporary. Our ambition to reach everyone affected by death and dying remains alive and we are determined to succeed.”


Three Bridges, Crawley Tesco store gives a helping hand to veterans in need



Lee Matthews, former Queens Royal Irish Hussar.

British armed forces veterans who face hardship and distress have benefited from a military annual fundraiser, with a little help from a Tesco Crawley store.

Former members of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars met up at the 4th Worth Scouts Hut in Crawley to reminisce about past events and enjoy their yearly BBQ.

They also had a range of fundraising events on the day, raising £537, with all proceeds going to The Veterans’ Charity.

Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver vital support to veterans and their families, including food shopping, essential household products and toiletries, utilities credit, clothing, and smartphones to enable continued communication and to prevent isolation.

Many of the items donated to the veterans’ fundraiser came from the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, whose staff are keen supporters of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars’ annual event.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity, was among those at the event, having served with The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars.

He said:

“I’m very grateful to Tesco for their generosity. Our annual BBQ was extremely enjoyable and entertaining, and it continues the brotherhood that most people miss after leaving the Forces.

“Leaving service life can be a dreadful time, especially for those who have been in for a long time, and some may have associated physical or psychological problems such as combat post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This is why get-togethers like this are so important, and Tesco’s contribution to helping us raise funds for service-people in need is incredibly important.

“It helps to provide much-needed funds for The Veterans’ Charity, enabling it to supply things such as basic food shopping for our most vulnerable veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“This year has been the busiest ever for The Veterans’ Charity, with more than 540 welfare requests. These are often referrals from other charities, but some have been directly from struggling veterans themselves, and all of them were satisfactorily resolved within 24 hours of the charity being contacted.”

Tesco has a long association with the Armed Forces, dating back to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and is a signatory to the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant. About 300 Tesco employees are members of the supermarket chain’s Armed Forces Network, and the supermarket is one of the largest employers of reservists and former service personnel.

Matt Ayling, manager at the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to help the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. Its members are amazing people and we all have a lot to thank them for, so our store is always keen to assist them if we can.”

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