New film praises care provided by hospice
Moving video gives patients the chance to speak out
PATIENTS show how much the vital care provided by staff and volunteers at Michael Sobell Hospice means to them in a moving new film.
The hospice, based at Mount Vernon Hospital in Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, has a 16-bed in-patient unit as well as a day therapy centre.
It is the chosen charity of the Mayor of Hillingdon, councillor Catherine Dann, during her year of office and the hospice made a video to show what it means to the people who use it.
In the moving footage, chief executive Helen Elliot explains how important fundraising is to the survival of the hospice.
“Every year Michael Sobell Hospice Charity has to raise £1.5million to ensure that all the vital services we do are maintained, and we contribute about 40 per cent of the running costs of the hospice,” she said.
“Every day we have to raise about £2,500, so that’s an awful lot of people supporting us and we are really indebted to the community for their support. We couldn’t do it without them.”
It is for exactly those reasons that Michael Sobell Hospice is calling for the community to get involved and support its Hospice Care Week campaign, supported by a local business website, www. c o mmun i t y bu z z . c o. u k , called #5easythings.
Laura Kaye, who is the marketing and communications officer at the hospice, said: “This year we thought it would be nice to give people the chance to get involved in Hospice Care Week in any small way that they can.”
Hospice Care Week, which runs from October 6 to 12, is an annual awareness-raising week of events and activities to help raise the profile of hospice care across the UK.
Michael Sobell Hospice is using the week to ask people to do one of five easy things to help raise the profile of the work that is done there and to raise funds for its patients.
The charity will be posting updates of people completing any of the five easy things on its social media sites and is asking people on Twitter to use the hashtag #5easythings and #HospiceCareWeek so it can keep track of those taking part.
For more information on Michael Sobell Hospice go to www.michaelsobell hospice.co.uk or contact Laura Kaye on 01923 844 906
See the video at getwestlondon.co.uk.
■ MOVING: A scene from the Michael Sobell Hospice film