The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House in Hillington.

Staff at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, have said they are “thrilled” a fundraising target has been quadrupled.

The Hillington-based hospice launched an appeal two months ago to raise £11,760 to pay for an additional palliative care bed, which costs £420 per day. 

It was desperately needed to provide greater end-of-life support during a period of unprecedented demand on the NHS.

However, thanks to the generosity of its supporters, £40,000 was raised – which has paid for five beds.

Hospice chief executive Lyndsay Carter said: “I am extremely proud of all of the team at The Norfolk Hospice who have worked with remarkable resilience in the face of unprecedented demand on all of the nation’s healthcare providers.

“The Norfolk Hospice is continuing to offer patients with life-shortening illnesses the specialist palliative care they need and this would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters and donors, so thank you.” 

The hospice, which has been providing end-of-life care for 35 years, was given £12,600 by The Heacham Group Practice Amenity Fund. 

Dr Andrew Lake, chairman of the trustees of the fund, said: “The Heacham Amenity Fund was originally set up by the Patient Participation Group of the practice. 

“It has been added to over the years by other funds which have been amalgamated to enable them to provide equipment, care and services to benefit patients of the practice. 

“These are all things that would not normally be provided by the NHS.”

Anyone wishing to donate  can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tnhospice