Making a difference

PUBLISHED: 12:01 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

WITH cancer rates increasing in the UK, hospices such as Grove House are an important local resource in helping people living with the illness and their families and carers. Medical experts predict that 20 per cent more people will get cancer in the next

WITH cancer rates increasing in the UK, hospices such as Grove House are an important local resource in helping people living with the illness and their families and carers. Medical experts predict that 20 per cent more people will get cancer in the next five years, mainly due to the ageing population. Mark Lister, chief executive of Grove House in St Albans, explained: "Hospices like Grove House can make a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer because they offer support that can help people live with a higher quality of life." Hospices work to improve the lives of people living with cancer and their families. They also help reduce the strain in the public healthcare system. Mark said: "More people are getting cancer and more people are living longer with cancer than in the past. Pressure "This puts a huge amount of pressure on the public healthcare system. Because we're a day hospice, our patients are able to stay at home which is where they prefer to be - not in the hospital." It costs more than £786,000 a year to keep Grove House services running - with some 25 per cent of those costs covered by the NHS. As incidences of cancer increase, the hospices' costs will grow too. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help Grove House continue its work with local people should visit www.grove-house.org.uk or call the fundraising team on 01727 731000. l Grove House was one of three hospices to benefit from money raised at the Herts Business Awards in November. More than 600 staff and guests from companies across the county were at the event at Willows Farm in London Colney organised by Herts Advertiser publisher Archant Herts in association with Business Link Hertfordshire. The awards were hosted by Bradley Walsh, who stars as factory boss Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street. £10,000 was raised at the evening which was split between Grove House, which is supported by the Herts Advertiser, Garden House in Hitchin and the Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City. The initial £5,000 raised was doubled by Paul O'Flanagan of A1 Tools and Fixings. The money was presented to representatives of the hospices by the three editors, Noel Cantillon of the Herts Advertiser, Terry Mitchinson of the Welwyn and Hatfield Times and Darren Isted of the Comet, at a ceremony last week.

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