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Walsall hospice charities will merge to run new centre

Two Walsall charities will merge to run a new centre for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

The Walsall Hospice charity, which worked to get a hospice built in the town, will merge with St Giles Hospice.

St Giles has provided specialist care free of charge in Walsall and across the region for more than 20 years.

The decision to merge follows the selection of St Giles Hospice to deliver hospice care at Walsall's £4.5m new palliative care centre.

'Timely merger'

A spokesman said St Giles will run the 12 bed in-patient facility which is due to open in April and will now be known as St Giles Walsall Hospice.

Peter Holliday, St Giles Hospice Group chief executive, said: "This is the best possible news for the people of Walsall and the surrounding areas, and brings together the experience and resources of two highly respected charities.

"The Walsall Hospice charity has successfully achieved its goal of helping to create a new hospice facility in the town.

"This timely merger will ensure the momentum of the Walsall Hospice charity continues, while ongoing funding for the operation of the facility is managed in the most effective way under the single unified umbrella of St Giles Walsall Hospice."

He said St Giles Hospice's trustees have agreed to the election of trustees from the Walsall Hospice charity's board to the main St Giles board.

He added the total annual running costs of St Giles Walsall Hospice will be £1.6m with half of the funding coming from the NHS and the rest being raised by the community.

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