From one family to another
St Clare Hospice, based near Harlow, is the next charity to receive a Cuttsy Cares donation. The hospice provides specialist palliative care to people living with life-limiting illnesses across the West Essex and East Hertfordshire border. Their care improves the lives of their patients and their families making the most of the time they have left together. Their community-based services also cover tailored bereavement support for those suffering a loss, be it recent or otherwise.
The nomination comes from artworker, Neil Salmon.
‘My dad spent his remaining days at the hospice and the care and support that the volunteers and staff provided for him during his last days was exceptional,’ explains Neil. ‘When my mum was battling secondary cancer which became terminal, she attended counselling sessions and events there. Through Cuttsy Cares, I’d like to pay forward the care and support we received to another family facing such a difficult time’.
St Clare Hospice receives limited NHS funding and require 60% of their funding from donations every year. For the coming year, their funding from voluntary donations will need to reach around £5 million to enable them to continue providing their service to all that need it. Combined with the fact the UK has an ageing population (the ONS estimates that by 2050, 1 in 4 people will be aged 65 or over), the Hospice’s funding needs are likely to rise in future.
If you would like to support St Clare Hospice, please visit their website.