No-one could have foreseen the strange circumstances that we would all be facing as we release our Summer Appeal 2020, but our Hospice team is still delivering the very best care to all of our patients, their families and carers.
One of our patients, Paul Harrison, is pictured with student nurse Seb Wasik, enjoying the sunshine in our Hopsice courtyard together. Paul has been receiving care with us for over 3 years. He told us, “The staff's cheerfulness shines through. They soldier on and nothing is a problem. They are there all the time to help me. Even with coronavirus, the support is still there. They don't stop caring.”
Life has changed for us all this year and, for those who need our support, our services are adapting to give vulnerable people in all areas of our community, from Queensferry to Dunbar, the Hospice Care they need. People in our community deserve access to our care and we want to reach as many of them as possible. Of course, none of this would be possible without your help.
Over the past few months our supporters have shown incredible generosity. Some of you donated vital supplies of PPE, whilst others have supported our new fundraising initiatives at home and online. Your enthusiasm in embracing our new way of doing things has been heart-warming.
Please consider giving what you can to our Summer Appeal. 82p of every £1 is spent directly on patient care with the other 18p going towards raising the next £1.
This is what your donation could help us with:
£10 - a little box of thoughts to help a child through bereavement
£20 - one hour of training for a family carer provided by our Hospice at Home specialist
£35 - one hour of specialist nurse-led pain & symptom control for an outpatient
£150 - a day of support and education about palliative care needs for those working in care homes and homeless shelters
If you are not sure how much to give, here is what £30 could be spent on:
• one hour of counselling by phone or online, provided by a counsellor or family bereavement specialist
• one hour of art therapy in the Hospice or our new East Lothian base in Haddington
• one hour of physiotherapy to help a patient manage their breathlessness
• one hour to triage a referral or provide advice through our new Access Team, so that our patients and families have access to our services at first point of contact
• you can go online and make a donation via https://stcolumbashospice.org.uk/donate/
• simply complete the form overleaf and sent that back to us in the prepaid envelope enclosed.
• contact our fundraising team on 0131 551 1381 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to make regular donations, this would be hugely appreciated. This can be done via our website https://stcolumbashospice.org.uk/donate/ or by calling the fundraising team on 0131 551 1381.
From everyone in our Hospice team, thank you.