Hospice - plea for help

PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

Seaward Hotel -  Michelle Michael, Sophie, Maria and their mother presenting a cheque to Weston Hospicecare.

Seaward Hotel - Michelle Michael, Sophie, Maria and their mother presenting a cheque to Weston Hospicecare. 22-12-09

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised in a Mercury reader appeal - but we still need your help.

THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised in a Mercury reader appeal - but we still need your help.

Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions could be to help out others in need and donate whatever you can spare to our Weston Hospicecare appeal?

As part of the Uphill-based charity's 20th anniversary celebrations, the hospice is hoping to raise £160,000 in its Do Just One Thing appeal.

As part of this, the Mercury has pledged to raise £35,000 and we are appealing to our generous readers for help.

So far £16,873 has been raised - which includes a generous £10,000 from Grand Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael and even £1,000 from Norway, via the Mercury website.

It seems international donations are nothing unusual - as a further £50 came from website visitors in Spain.

The reader appeal, which was launched in October, will pay for an extra community nurse which the hospice recruited last year.

This vital service means nurses can visit patients in their homes and provide treatment, a shoulder to cry on and an understanding ear.

Gill Blackshaw, the director of nursing and clinical services, says the nurses are a vital cog in the Hospicecare wheel.

She said: "What the nurses do particularly well is offer emotional and spiritual support.

"If someone is facing the fact they are going to die in the next year, we can make them feel ready.

"No-one wants to die and sometimes there are additional worries, especially for younger people, such as financial concerns and who will look after their children.

"We work closely with the patient and the family and see how we can prepare them for what is going to happen."

The hospice helps about 1,000 patients a year so we are asking you to help staff and volunteers be there for each and every one.

Just £23.20 will pay for an hour of the nurse's time - but we will gratefully receive donations of any amount.

Just fill in the attached voucher in today's (Thurs) paper or click on the link below.

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