New film praises care pro­vided by hospice

Mov­ing video gives pa­tients the chance to speak out

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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