A CALL has been made for more Welsh Government financial support for hospices in Aberconwy.

Both St David’s Hospice in Llandudno and Ty Gobaith, the children's hospice, near Conwy, are largely funded by the efforts of local volunteers.

Janet Finch-Saunders AM has asked to Welsh Government for the funding formula, which governs the support the hospices receive, to be updated. She said: “We are fortunate to have exceptional palliative care facilities in Aberconwy. Every year, Tŷ Gobaith and St David’s Hospice provide invaluable care and support to individuals with life-limiting conditions, and their friends and family.

“The army of local volunteers raising funds are its financial back bone. Without their efforts the charities just couldn’t continue to support so many individuals.

“St David’s Hospice receives less than 14 per cent of the funding it requires by the Welsh Government and local health board.

“Equally bad is the situation for Tŷ Gobaith, which receives only one month of its income from statutory sources.

“To put it simply, the Welsh Government is buying one and getting eleven free.

“For example, children’s hospices are worse off in Wales, as those in England receive 21per cent, and Scotland 47 per cent from statutory sources.

“Clearly, our hospices deserve more money, so I am calling for the funding formula, which hasn’t been changed for a decade, to be updated”.