Hope, laughter and total dedication

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I STARTED volunteering at St Wilfrid’s four years ago. My first assessment was that it did not feel like a place of death; it felt like a place of love.

I cannot deny the suffering and sadness but alongside this I have encountered immeasurable hope, laughter and total dedication!

Working here gives me a unique perspective on palliative care.

Our well-run hospice provides an entire range of medical, social and psychological/emotional and spiritual support needed by patients and families in one place.

Our medical and nursing team is simply outstanding. They recognise and treat each person as an individual .

They provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms and offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible.

They offer a support system to sustain and rehabilitate the individual’s family.

At the moment we only have 10 in-patient beds and the demand for these far exceeds our capacity. People are dying while desperately waiting for an in-patient admission.

All care is free of charge. The NHS contributes 15 per cent of the annual running cost. The remainder comes from the generosity of St Wilfrid’s supporters.

Providing 24-hour care to those most in need in our community should never be seen as a luxury, but a necessity and a right for all.

Donations and support keep St Wilfrid’s going! Let us work passionately together in supporting and raising vital funds towards making the dream of this essential new hospice for our community become a reality

Maria Jenner

Church Street, Willingdon