A HOSPICE in Poole is set to benefit from part of the incredible £4.9million raised through ITV’s Text Santa appeal.

Forest Holme is a member of national hospice charity Help the Hospices, which is one of the six charities receiving funds following the annual TV appeal, which culminated in a live, three-hour show in December.

From the £820,000 raised for Help the Hospices, half will be awarded to its member hospices to help fund the vital care they provide to terminally ill people and their families.

The remaining £420,000 will support Help the Hospices’ national programme of work, supporting the future development of hospice care.

Help the Hospices chief executive David Praill said: “Families who are facing a loss or who have lost a loved one will benefit from the vital care and support that local hospices provide.

“The funds raised will also boost our national programme of work to support our member hospices.

“With demand for hospice care rapidly increasing it is vital to make sure hospices are there to support their communities now and in the future.”