Local charity Beacon of Hope to close

beacon of hope charityBeacon of Hope, a charity that provided support and “hospice-at-home” services to Ceredigion residents with terminal illnesses, has been forced to close.

The charity had been chosen by Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon’s as her Charity of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year.

Founded in 2000 by retired teacher Elizabeth Murphy, it has been unable to cover its operating costs and has been placed into liquidation by its directors.

A spokesperson for the firm appointed as liquidators said Beacon of Hope’s collapse would have “no impact” on its patients, who are under the care of Hywel Dda Health Board.

Beacon of Hope’s nursing care was funded by the health board and the Welsh Government, but its other services relied upon public donations.

“It is a privilege to be able to support the excellent work of the Beacon of Hope. As the major employer in mid Wales, we are very much aware of our responsibilities to current and former staff, many of whom will know someone who has benefited from the unstinting support that Beacon of Hope has provided over the years.”

Professor April McMahon, speaking in July 2012

Kerry Bailey, of liquidators PKF, said: “Unfortunately these had proved insufficient to cover the outgoings and, despite a public appeal for donations and the support of the dedicated and hard-working staff, the company’s directors were left with no alternative in the face of the resulting insolvency but to place it into liquidation.

“The trustees of the charity and the liquidators have ensured that all of the patients under the Beacon of Hope’s care at the time of the liquidation have been successfully moved back into the care of the health authority or alternative care agencies, and there has therefore been no compromise on patient care as a result of the closure.”

“However, in the prevailing economic climate many organisations have suffered, no matter how worthy the cause, and it is regrettable that despite the excellent work being done in Beacon of Hope’s name it has had to cease all activities,” Ms Bailey said.

Beacon of Hope employed 17 administrative and nursing staff.