HOSPICES in Hampshire have benefited from £80,000 worth of county grants to help support patient’s carers.

Those benefiting include Naomi House hospice, Sutton Scotney, Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington, and Countess Mountbatten House, West End.

Adult social care and public health chief Councillor Liz Fairhurst said: “Caring for someone with a long-term condition or illness can last a few weeks or months or for many years. These grants will help ensure that carers have access to services to help them stay mentally and physically well at a time when they most need it.

“This could be through the provision of information and advice to minimise the risk of financial hardship, being able to talk to others in a similar situation or by helping them to have a life outside of their caring role.”