Ayrshire Hospice has been working hard to achieve a strong and stable future which will see the hospice continuing to provide free of charge services and support to patients and their families across all of Ayrshire & Arran. An important next step is the approval of our budget for the next financial year at the upcoming meeting of our Board of Directors.

We know our success to date is largely due to our excellent staff and to ensure we remained an employer of choice, in early 2019, we committed to matching for our staff, the much deserved NHS 3 year pay deal. We also committed to becoming a Scottish Living Wage employer. However, this meant an imbalance between day to day income, largely made up of donations from the people of Ayrshire & Arran, and day to day spend. Unless we did something about it, that gap between income and spend would grow larger year on year and was likely to exceed £500,000 a year after three years.

Since taking that decision in early 2019, we have been tackling the forecast deficit and, after an exhaustive sustainability programme, the required savings have now been identified and implemented to ensure the organisation can move forward on a robust financial footing, without affecting the services we provide.

Now we can continue to deliver all of our existing front line services to our patients and their families at no cost and we can importantly also live within our means.  Making Today Matter for each and every patient of the Ayrshire Hospice is why we are here. Our employed and voluntary staff continuously go that extra mile for our patients and their relatives, whose tributes and gratitude are humbling. The necessary background work that ensures the Hospice is sustainable into the future remains unseen by most and the Hospice Board is hugely grateful to our incredible employed and voluntary staff whose focus remained entirely on our patients while the necessary organisational adjustments were made.

John Corrigan

Through a combination of implementing a staff recruitment freeze, enabling a small number of staff to leave through voluntary redundancy, supporting other staff in voluntarily reducing their hours and generating other savings, this has resulted in the organisation being able to deliver a forecast surplus for the next three years.

The success of the budget is dependent on the Hospice continuing to be able to directly raise £4.4 Million of voluntary income each year through our fundraising activities. We are therefore reliant on the people of Ayrshire & Arran continuing to support us by using our Hospice shops, playing the hospice lottery, buying hospice calendars and Christmas cards, leaving a gift to the Hospice in their wills, holding or attending events to raise funds for Ayrshire Hospice and continuing to make donations — large or small.

For over three decades, patients from across Ayrshire & Arran living with life limiting illnesses, and their families, have been promoting the quality of specialist care they've experienced from the Ayrshire Hospice, often describing it as 'second to none'. Our sustainability plan is ensuring the Ayrshire Hospice will continue to thrive now and into the future.

John Corrigan, Ayrshire Hospice Board Chair