Help give our hospice appeal one last push

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AS the countdown to Christmas approaches, the Free Press and St Nicholas Hospice Care are calling on readers to pledge their support to our community nurse appeal.

The fantastic and varied fundraising efforts for the campaign have seen the total rise steadily since its launch in May, but as the end of the year draws near the fund is still short of the £10,000 target.

Kevin Clements, fundraising manager at the hospice in Bury St Edmunds, said: “It has gone well, but we’d like to have one final push across to get to £10,000.

“The bottom line is that we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without the public’s support.”

Mr Clements, pictured right, explained that money donated to the appeal would go directly to funding front-line services provided by the hospice’s community nurses, who provide advice on pain control, give emotional support and the opportunity for patients and their families to discuss the illness and their future care.

“This money is specifically for the community hospice team, the nurses themselves that go out and do such fabulous work in people’s homes. It doesn’t get much more real than that,” he said.

“We are very grateful that the public continue to support us and we thank everyone so much, but please don’t stop – we still need you and we are always open to hear from people about new ways of raising money.”

Hospice nurse specialist Caroline Wade, pictured right, covers Clare, Glemsford and other areas in West Suffolk.

She said: “Hopefully readers will not need the hospice’s services but if they do, the care provided is fundamental in enabling patients and their loved ones to live with illness and bereavement.

“The community hospice team enables patients and their families to live with life-shortening and terminal illnesses.”

Free Press editor Phil Minett urged readers to get behind the appeal and make a concerted effort to smash the £10,000 target to help provide an even better standard of care for terminally-ill people in our area.

“The generosity shown by our readers so far is amazing,” he said. “But now is the time for everyone to push on and donate anything they can to the appeal.

“Even the smallest event or donation can make a huge difference, so please keep them coming in so that we can reach the target and help St Nicholas Hospice Care.”