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Why your help is critical
  • Financial strain: our funding is scarce, and we’re struggling to deliver our full services.
  • Growing demand: Every year, the demand for our services increases, stretching our resources even further.
  • Funding gap: we receive only a fraction of our operating costs from the NHS, leaving a significant 69% gap we need to fill.

Donate now and make a difference

Nurse with a patient

could fund one hour of a specialist homecare visit.

A community nurse sitting with a family in their home

could pay for two hours of dedicated care for one of our patients on the Inpatient Unit.

A team member comforts a relative

could help us support a family through their grief, and help them come to terms with the death of a loved one.

By donating today, you’ll help us:
  • Ensure that every patient receives the care and support they need during their final days.
  • Bridge the funding gap and keep our doors open for those in need, preventing any interruptions to our essential services.
  • Provide peace of mind to patients and their families, knowing that they have access to high-quality, compassionate care when they need it most.


Peter and Carole Lowry

Peter's story

I know that when Carole died she was peaceful, pain free and in the place that she wanted to be.

That was because of the hospice’s Virtual Ward and its visionary approach to home-based hospice care.

We felt that the hospice always had time for us. The support, which sometimes was just praise for the way we were handling it – whether it was a hug, a phone call or a visit made all the difference.

I can’t thank Ashgate enough for its kindness and dedication.

Read Peter's story
Please give what you can

We understand that not everybody is able to donate today. You can find out about other ways you can help support the hospice at this time. Alternatively, our Fundraising Team are always happy to speak to you and answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01246 567250 or email [email protected].

Urgent Appeal
What is the Urgent Appeal?

Alongside hospices up and down the country, and supported by Hospice UK, we are calling on the government to increase their funding to hospices. We currently only receive 31% of our funding from them and the other 69% is fundraised from the incredible generosity of our local community.

Like everyone, we are feeling the strain of rising costs for things like food, heat and electricity. It’s costing us more to provide home-cooked nutritious meals, essential medical supplies and warm bedrooms for our patients. Things we simply can’t cut down on.

We need £16.2m to operate the hospice in 2024. That is a rise of 7% this year alone.

We have not received additional funding from local health budgets to cover these rising costs.

Additionally, our specialist Inpatient Unit, designed with a capacity for 21 beds, is currently constrained to only opening 15 beds due to financial pressures. This restriction often results in a waiting list for beds, leaving individuals in need without access to essential care.

If we don’t have the funds to provide our crucial care and support, then we won’t be able to reach everyone who needs it.

That’s why we’re reaching out to our supporters to ask if people can support the hospice by donating.

Find out more about how we’re funded.

What else is Ashgate Hospice doing in response to the financial difficulties you are facing?

In addition to our usual fundraising events, we’re really pulling out all the stops to tackle the £11 million funding gap. We’re teaming up with Hospice UK to push for fairer funding from the government. We’ve been in the papers and on TV, sharing our stories and those of our patients. Plus, we’ve been chatting with our local MPs, asking them to stand up for us in the parliamentary debate about hospice funding. It’s all about making sure we can keep giving the care that matters most to so many people. 

How can I donate to the Urgent Appeal?

We are so grateful to anyone who chooses to donate to our Urgent Appeal. Please be assured that whatever amount you can afford to give will make a big difference to people at the hardest time of their lives.

You can donate:

  • Online on our website.
  • Via post. If you have received a letter, you can place a cheque made out to ‘Ashgate Hospice’, cash or your card details along with the return form into the return envelope provided and post it back to us free of charge. If you wish to donate via post and you haven’t received the letter and form, we ask that you please enclose the following details along with your donation: Urgent Appeal, full name, home address, phone number and email address (if you have one).
  • By phoning 01246 567250. A member of the fundraising team will process your card payment over the phone.
  • At the tills in our shops.
How will my donation to the Urgent Appeal help?

The funds we raise from the Urgent Appeal will help to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services to patients and families when they need us.

Any amount, no matter how large or small will help us to deliver our care:

  • For £23.75 you could fund one hour of a specialist homecare visit.
  • For £58.34 you could pay for two hours of dedicated care for one of our patients on the Inpatient Unit.
  • For £97.80 you could help us support a family through their grief, and help them come to terms with the death of a loved one.
What services does Ashgate Hospice provide?

We are proud to offer our outstanding and compassionate care to over 2,400 people each year. Our services include:

You can find out more about each service by clicking the ‘Our Services’ button at the top of this page. If you wish to read more about what we do, view our latest Annual Report.

I have received a letter about the Urgent Appeal but my details are wrong/I wish to be taken off the mailing list.

If you have received a letter from us and any of your details are incorrect or you wish to be taken off the mailing list, please email the details to [email protected] or give us a call on 01246 567250. 

You can also read our privacy policy.

Other than making a donation to the Urgent Appeal, how else can I help?
  • Write to your local MP – Let them know why Ashgate Hospice is a crucial part of the community and why end of life care should be sustainably funded.
  • Spread the word – Speak to friends, family and people you meet about Ashgate’s financial situation. They may be in a position to donate or do some fundraising to help us. If you follow us on social media, you can share our posts about the Urgent Appeal to let everyone know the current pressures we’re under.
  • Share your story – We know that many people who support Ashgate Hospice do so because they have a close friend or family member who has received our care, or perhaps you are a patient yourself. If you would be happy to talk about your story to help us raise awareness of the importance of our services, find out more and fill in a form online. If you wish to speak to somebody instead, please call 01246 567250.
  • Fundraise – There are lots of ways you may wish to fundraise to help raise money for the hospice from hosting a ‘Care for a Cuppa’ coffee morning to jumping out of an aeroplane! Take a look at our website to find out more. If you need help with your fundraising, please email [email protected] and a member of the team will be in touch.
  • Join an Event – You may wish to show your support by joining one of our events and asking for sponsorship from friends and family. You could join our flagship event, the Sparkle Night Walk, in June or sign the kids up to our new Superhero Night Walk in October. Find out what’s coming up.
  • Leave a gift in your will – Please consider leaving the lasting gift of hospice care. Gifts left in wills make up a huge amount of the funds we need to raise each year. In fact, gifts in wills help us to care for 1 in 6 of our patients. By writing Ashgate Hospice into your will, you will be helping to secure the future of hospice care for the people of North Derbyshire. Find out more on our website or call 01246 567250.
My question isn’t answered here and I’d like to speak to someone.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01246 567250 or email us at [email protected]