Newark Beaumond House Hospice Care and Nottinghamshire Hospice launch joint giving campaign to support work
Beaumond House has teamed up with Nottinghamshire Hospice for a joint appeal with the aim of keeping care services free long into the future.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, Newark’s Beaumond House Hospice Care and Nottinghamshire Hospice are asking people to pledge a small, regular amount to safeguard care.
Gemma Taylor Mahon, from Nottinghamshire Hospice, said: “The pandemic revealed a growing need for hospice care services and taught both our hospices the need for increased resilience.
“Thanks to the generous support of our communities, we’ve been able to expand our care in people’s homes and have opened up our buildings again to patients.
“We want to keep this care free long into the future, which is why we’re encouraging people to set up a regular gift. Even a small regular donation makes a huge difference to families.”
In the pandemic, traditional day services were postponed, but both hospices expanded the care they provided in patients’ homes.
During this time, Ian, a terminal cancer patient from Newark, received support from Nottinghamshire Hospice and Beaumond House in his home.
Ian’s daughter Emily said: “The members of this team were supremely professional at all times and it was clear that for them it was not just a job. They were obviously dedicated to their role which was carried out with a lightness of touch that meant dignity, respect and comfort were always foremost in all their actions, with a healthy dose of humour along the way.
“Our father was very independent and they made sure that he was very much front and centre in everything that they did.
“The whole approach was seamless; both hospices worked in parallel with one aim in mind – to make our father as comfortable as possible. This provided a huge degree of emotional comfort for the family.
“There is no handbook on how to deal with a terminal diagnosis as a family but having assistance from both hospice care teams meant we were able to navigate the final weeks together, safe in the knowledge that they were there to help us in our time of need.”
Following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, both hospices have now re-opened their buildings to patients.
Cathy Lowe, from Beaumond House Hospice Care, said: “With your support our work helps people to plan, have conversations about their wishes and brings dignity in dying, which is vitally important for everyone.”
Go to nottshospice.org/forever or www.beaumondhouse.co.uk/donate