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North Devon Hospice is appealing to the local community for votes in a competition that could see the charity awarded £4,000 of funding. The grant would be spent on replacing and improving exterior lighting at the hospice’s Bedded Unit. This would not only provide a warmer welcome for those visiting loved ones after dark, but would also save the charity over £1,000 every year by moving to energy-efficient LED lights.

The competition is run by M&S Energy and voting closes on 20th October, with the project gaining the most votes awarded the grant funding. Jess Marsland, from the hospice’s fundraising team, urged the local community to show their support. “We are currently in 3rd position and that would mean missing out on the funding, but if the wonderful people of North Devon all got online and voted for us, we would surely come out on top. Voting closes soon, so this really is our last ditch plea for help!” She said.

“Our Bedded Unit has no set visiting hours, because friends and family are welcome to come at any time. But the lighting outside, particularly from the car park to the main entrance, is far from ideal.” Jess added, “As the nights are quickly drawing in, this presents a real issue for those coming to visit loved ones. We want to improve their experience because clearly they are going through the toughest of times, as a loved one potentially faces the final days of life.”

The hospice’s community nursing teams also use North Devon Hospice as a base when providing care at home right around the clock. “Our Community Nurse Specialists can often arrive before sunrise and finish their visits well after dark, so when they come to the hospice the lighting really is inadequate.” said Jess. “Our Hospice to Home team provide care right around the clock, and will start and finish their shifts at the hospice, including night shifts. So the new lighting will have a real impact on a lot of different people.”

Winning the award will also help the hospice save significant money each year. Jess said, “If we win, the upgraded lighting will feature energy-efficient LEDs. These not only produce less light pollution, but they will also result in a saving of over £1,000 every year for the hospice. This saving will help us provide even more care for those affected by a life-limiting illness. So please, go to North Devon Hospice’s website and follow the link from the homepage to vote for us. It takes just 20 seconds, and is absolutely free, but it would mean the world to us and all those who visit our Bedded Unit.”

Vote now for North Devon Hospice in the M&S Energy grant competition. Voting closes on Friday 20th October.