As an organisation, we are committed to full transparency and accountability. Here's an overview of our finances, policies and organisational structure. If there's anything else you'd like to know, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Our organisational structure
Skanda Vale Hospice is a secular project run by the Skanda Vale multi-faith monastic order. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission, number 1166180.
The charity is administered by a board of trustees – half of which are drawn from the resident monastic community, the other half from a cross section of lay community. Our trustees are very down to earth, bringing a wide range of skills from business, creative, legal, medical and family backgrounds.
Our volunteer based approach means our running costs are a fraction of similar sized palliative care organisations, so we can invest more into caring for our service users.
View our Charity Commission profile
Religion, equality & diversity
Skanda Vale Hospice is a secular project. We are not on a mission to convert people – we accept everyone as they are, without judgement or prejudice. Our service shows no preference or tailoring, even in a subtle way, to people with a religious outlook. It is for everybody, and we will go to any length to make sure that this is clearly presented, delivered and experienced.
Our accounts are independently audited and submitted to the Charity Commission on an annual basis. We have a 100% record for on-time submissions.
We operate a strict internal financial control policy, which also forms part of our annual audit. We have developed the hospice service as a restricted fund within the charity. All income and expenditure for the hospice is contained within that fund, and all purchases are held as restricted assets.
All online transfers to third parties have dual control. All transactions are set up by the director of finance and independently authorised by an agreed signatory. Likewise, all our cheques must be signed by two authorised signatories.
100% debt free
We live well within our means – neither Skanda Vale monastery, nor the hospice have ever been in debt or borrowed money. We own the freehold on all our properties and have no mortgages. Our infrastructure has been carefully and sustainably developed, in response to public demand.
Fundraising Standards Board
We are members of the Fundraising Standards Board– this is one way we show our commitment to using the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the way we raise funds. View our profile on the FRSB website
We do not use professional paid fundraisers – all our fundraising is done by experienced volunteers. Our successful £500k Big Lottery grant application was also written entirely by volunteers. We feel this approach works best for our supporters and patients.
Around 94p in every £1 donated to the hospice goes directly to developing our service and facilities.
Sustainability & the environment
We live in a beautiful part of the world and none of us want the hospice to leave a dirty footprint on it! Here are some of the measures we are taking to save money and reduce our environmental impact:
• Our volunteers travel to work each day using our own bio-diesel powered car sharing scheme.
• We are reducing our carbon emissions and energy costs by heating the new hospice using wood chips from our own nearby forest.
• We're installing good quality external insulation on our old stone buildings to reduce heat loss at the hospice.
More information is available in our document: 'New inpatient unit - project plan' which you can download at the bottom of this page.
When we open the new inpatient unit we intend to employ a team of palliative care nurses, headed by an experienced Clinical Lead. These staff will be paid a fair living wage. We believe that having a happy, motivated team is the only way to provide first class care for our service users.
Senior staff salaries and running costs
This is understandably a thorny issue for many charity supporters – people often feel it is unfair that their donations are used to pay 6 figure salaries for top staff. All our senior staff, including our financial director and hospice manager are monks or nuns, who work full time, without pay.
We have calculated that each of our inpatient hospice beds will cost £160 per day to run. This is compared to £321 per bed per day in a typical hospice, or £425 in hospital. (Statistics quoted from a recent Sue Ryder report).