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Woking & Sam Beare Hospices appeals for support

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices appeals for support

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:00am 16th May 2019. (Updated at 11:12am 16th May 2019)

There are concerns the future of a local hospice is at risk - because of a lack of understanding about the value it offers the community, and how it is funded.

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has issued an appeal after a survey found some people did not know it was a charity, nor that it relies on donations.

During Dying Matters Awareness Week, which highlights the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement, it has revealed the outcome of research which it said "showed a significant gap between local residents' awareness about this local charity and the hospice's value to the community it serves".

It said of the 627 residents from its referral region - including Spelthorne, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, West Elmbridge, Woking and North Guildford - around half did not know that the specialist care provider was a charity and over a third said they had no idea how it was funded.

There was also a misconception among a third of those surveyed that because it has 'Woking' in its name, the charity only serves the Woking area.

Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, said there was a lack of understanding about the volume of the services provided and that the charity cared for the whole family, not just patients.

She said "a large majority where shocked to hear that over 70% of our specialist care is delivered in patient own homes."

The charity said "the lack of understanding about the hospice's value, and the fact that it is a charity reliant on income from its fundraising activities and sale of goods through its 18 shops, is putting its future at risk".

Daniel Betson, whose late wife Regine was cared for by the charity, tells us how they have helped him and his family - and continue to do so, over a year after his wife died:

"To lose the love of your life after 25 years together is the most life-changing experience and there are not the right words to express how essential it is to have the right level of care, help and support."

Daniel Betson Woking & Sam Beare Hospice

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices cares for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses, and supports patients' families and carers.

It works alongside NHS services, with GPs and the district nurses.

Jayne adds:

"Our research highlights the urgent need for us to communicate to our region that we are a charity and we cannot continue to deliver our vital care free of charge to thousands of Surrey families each year without the support of everyone in our community.

"We are therefore launching our 2019 Appeal in Dying Matter's Week with a clear and simple message - it is possible to make a difference to someone in your community, who could be your mother, brother, sister or friend by supporting the hospice."


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