PCT throws lifeline to vital children's charity

North East Essex Primary Care Trust has provided a charity that supports children and young people with life-threatening conditions with a major cash boost.

North East Essex Primary Care Trust has provided a charity that supports children and young people with life-threatening conditions with a major cash boost.

The Trust has decided to provide the Essex, Southend and Thurrock Palliative Integrated Care Children’s Respite

Service (EPIC) with funding for 2007/08.

Since its launch in 2004, the service has been funded entirely by a £721,000 National Lottery grant.

On March 31 this year the service’s lottery funding expired, leaving it in a difficult position. The charity contacted all the PCTs in the areas where it provides services to ask for financial support.

North East Essex PCT has now notified EPIC that it will provide funding of £22, 837 for 2007/08.

Matt Bushell, The PCT’s Director of Strategic Development, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide vital funding to such a fantastic service.

“The PCT recognises the value of the service to children, young people and their families. Many members of the public who support  EPIC have contacted us asking as to provide funding, and we are glad we have managed to achieve this.

“We hope this funding will help EPIC to continue the quality and vital services it provides for so many.”

EPIC provides home based respite care for families across Essex whose children and young people have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

For more information contact Patrick Lowman at Geronimo Communications on 01284 768935.

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