I AM writing on behalf of all the patients, staff and volunteers at Primrose Hospice to thank you and your readers for their support over the last 12 months.

As you are aware we are a local charity who provide services for local people who are facing the end of their life as well as supporting their families and children as they face losing a loved one. All our services are provided free to anyone within the Bromsgrove and Redditch area who needs our support.

In these difficult financial times it is getting harder and harder to raise the necessary funds to keep our services running and we really appreciate all the help your readers have given us.

Every penny raised or donated is crucial to keeping our services running as it costs over £1.6 million every year to keep Primrose Hospice open.

The ongoing support from our local area is hugely appreciated by everyone here and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in any way.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and all your readers a very successful 2016!

Helen Briscoe (nee Garfield) Chief executive officer - Primrose Hospice