It has been confirmed that two highly respected charities will be merging. The charities are Bedford Daycare Hospice and Keech Hospice Care. The confirmation comes after a thorough due diligence process.
Bedford Daycare Hospice is an independent charity which provides holistic day care to adults in north and mid-Bedfordshire living with a life-limiting conditions. It has a physical hospice site in Linden Road, Bedford.
Keech Hospice Care provides care for adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire, and children throughout Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. Its hospice site is in Luton. Care is provided to patients in the hospice, their own homes, hospitals, schools and wherever support is needed the most.
The main purposes of the merger are to sustain the future of Bedford Daycare Hospice and to ensure that more people can benefit from the range of services offered by both charities.
All jobs at both organisations will remain secure. Both hospice sites will remain open and in their current locations, and retail stores run by Bedford Daycare Hospice and Keech Hospice Care will continue to operate as normal.
Liz Searle will be CEO and the Keech Hospice board of trustees will comprise representatives across Keech Hospice Care and Bedford Daycare Hospice.
The merger will take place with immediate effect.