Hospicecare given £143,000 help
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 August 2012
A PROMINENT Weston charity has received a cash injection of almost £143,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to help promote a community network.
Weston Hospicecare was awarded the cash by the national group’s Reaching Communities Programme, and was one of only seven organisations in the South West to receive funding.
The charity will use the money to help boost its Compassionate Communities network, which supports carers of the hospice’s patients who are suffering with life-limiting illnesses.
Julian Abel, medical director at Weston Hospicecare, said: “We’re so pleased the considerable time and thought put into it has paid off.
“We meet people every week who are caring for someone who is nearing the end of their life; it can be demanding, socially isolating, exhausting and emotionally intense. Without the right support such caring can have a devastating impact on both the individual who is ill and the carer.
“Increasingly people are choosing to receive care and spend their final days in their home which is very difficult without the appropriate care and support services for them and their carers.
“The Compassionate Communities network will help this to become more of a reality in our area.”
Over three years the hospice hopes at least 120 of its carers will be supported and more than 1,000 people in Weston and the surrounding area will become network members.
The hospice will appoint a co-ordinator to recruit, train and support the volunteer mentors who in turn are linked to the carers. They will also help them access support with practical tasks for their family and friends such as shopping, mowing the lawn and walking the dog.
Julian added: “Small domestic tasks can take their toll. While they may not seem time consuming or difficult, together they can add up to what can be an untenable stress when someone is doing all of these things and being a main carer too.”
To find out more about the network contact Weston Hospicecare on 01934 423900.
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