I'm a hopeless fundraiser. There's something so embarrassing and un-British about asking people for cash. But having just received an automated e-mail from Just Giving telling me that I'm only likely to get 20% of the money raised after/during the event I thought I'd better cast my inhibitions aside: we need your help....!
It is a good few months ago now that the team were shown around the hospice. It costs £4.5 million a year to run this fantastic service. Most of us are fortunate enough never to need hospice care, least of all when we are young. But for the people who do need such care it is impossible to overstate the importance of such provision. The hospice provides a whole range of vital services to those who have an incurable condition or a condition which means that they are unlikely to live far into adulthood. Here are some of the services they offer:
• Residential short breaks • End-of-life care • Help with symptom control and palliative care • Emergency care • Pre- and post-bereavement support for all family members • Advisory support to families and professionals • Highly specialised clinical care • Enjoyable activities for the siblings of children being cared for • Day care • Telephone support • Spiritual support • Contact, or key worker support • Family support • Youth work • Cultural Link work • Pre-school family fun days • Group work (bereavement, muscular dystrophy, Asian mums etc) • Therapies • Physiotherapy • Play • Hydrotherapy • Social activities • Music • Multi-sensory • Complementary therapies (e.g. massage and aromatherapy)
Every penny you donate will go staight into the hospice's coffers, so please don't delay. Our Just Giving page is here.