St Elizabeth Hospice urges supporters to update contact preferences ahead of law change

St Elizabeth Hospice patient Leonard Claxton supports the Just Tick campaign. Picture: ADRIAN RAWLIN

St Elizabeth Hospice patient Leonard Claxton supports the Just Tick campaign. Picture: ADRIAN RAWLINSON - Credit: Archant

The boss of a Suffolk hospice has said new data protection laws could impact the care it is able to deliver.

Dr Robert Brodrick urges people to update contact preferences for St Elizabeth Hospice. Picture: ADR

Dr Robert Brodrick urges people to update contact preferences for St Elizabeth Hospice. Picture: ADRIAN RAWLINSON - Credit: Archant

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation means companies will not be able to contact members of the public unless they agree before May 25.

St Elizabeth Hospice has launched a campaign called ‘Just Tick’ to highlight the importance of communication for the charity.

Chief executive Mark Millar said: “Since I have been at the hospice the one thing that has consistently struck me has been the generosity and engagement of our supporters. They are eager to know what we are doing and how they can help.

“Each year we care for over 2,000 patients and their families at a point in their life when they need it the most and over 75% of the £10.5 million we need to generate each year comes from the generosity of the community.

St Elizabeth Hospice patient and volunteer Linda Moore supports Just Tick campaign. Picture: ADRIAN

St Elizabeth Hospice patient and volunteer Linda Moore supports Just Tick campaign. Picture: ADRIAN RAWLINSON - Credit: Archant


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“With GDPR coming into force we will not be able to contact these supporters after May 25 if they do not update their preferences. Consequentially we know we could miss out on support ultimately leading to us being able to help fewer people. We know our supporters would not want this to happen so we are launching our campaign to show how important updating their preferences is to the everyday running of the hospice and those we care for.”

People can update their preferences by post or online.

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