Dear Supporters

It has been a very busy time for us recently.

After many years of fundraising and dealing with challenges surrounding large capital projects, we celebrated the official opening of both our children’s respite and therapy centre in Copaceni and Phase 1 of the hospice centre in Belgrade.

The main focus of this newsletter is to show you how these two centres will make a difference to patients with terminal and life-limiting illness. There is still a huge amount to do to ensure that hospice care is available to all. But these two facilities are major steps along the road. So thank you for your support with these unique projects – we could not have done it without you.

We are running an Insight Trip to Serbia this year, giving you the chance to see the new hospice centre and to meet the dedicated team at BELhospice. More details about the trip are in this newsletter.

I am also pleased to report that the financial situation in Romania is more secure. As you know Hospice Casa Sperantei faces serious financial challenges at present because of unforeseen changes in legislation. Towards the end of last year, we launched a campaign asking supporters to imagine Romania without Hospice. As a result of that excellent campaign the budget deficit has been covered. We are now looking to secure funding for 2019 and we are hoping to re-instate the home care service in Bucharest, which was the main casualty of the deficit. There are still many challenges ahead but we are starting this year on a far more stable basis than we thought possible.

Sincerely,

Alex Padureanu, Executive Director