Hospice Care Week 2017, a national campaign run from October 9 to 15. has the theme ‘We are Hospice Care’. Patients, families, staff and volunteers share what makes their local hospice, Weldmar Hospicecare, so special.
Last year, Weldmar Hospicecare helped 2,451 people across Dorset, and it earned an ‘Outstanding’ report from the Care Quality Commission.
Just over a thousand were patients’ loved ones, as Weldmar offers counselling, therapies and other support. For children, Weldmar’s support often extends over years.
The majority of patients are supported in their own homes by Weldmar’s Community Nurses – specialists in complex palliative cases.
Some patients receive art therapy, tell their life stories, create things and explore their feelings through art and writing.
All this outstanding care costs £8million a year and, as the NHS funding is less than 25% of that figure, Weldmar relies on its fundraising, donations, and its 20 shops and six large outlet stores.
You can help by volunteering, donating, holding events or including Weldmar in your will. There are many vacancies for volunteers, with roles to suit everyone.
Volunteer Mel King said: “I love working here, with the fundraising team beavering away. There’s a real feeling of camaraderie and dedication. They’re lovely.”
To find out more about Weldmar, how it supports Dorset’s community – and how you can support Weldmar – visit their website at weld-hospice.org.uk or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/weldmar