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Treasured Memories

At this special time of year, will you give local families the gift of comfort, dignity and time together creating treasured memories?

This time of year can be an especially emotional time. Many families need support over the festive period, some of whom know this will be their last Christmas together. With your help, the team at St Gemma’s will continue do everything they can to make this a special time, whether they are being supported here at the Hospice or at home.

“When we arrived at St Gemma’s just before Christmas we were nervous but within minutes we were embraced by their wonderful, caring team…”

Susan’s daughter, Jane, stayed in our In-Patient Unit last December. This letter from Susan shows just how much your support means for families, especially at this important time of year.

Will you help bring comfort and treasured memories to other families, with a gift to St Gemma’s this December?

With your support this Christmas, patients and their families can receive the care they need, so they can focus on creating special memories together.

Nicky Hibbert, Senior Nurse Practitioner, cared for Jane after she returned home from her stay at St Gemma’s. She shares her story:

“Jane, pictured here, returned home after her stay and I got to know her and Susan very well over the course of this year. Working as a Senior Nurse Practitioner in the St Gemma’s Community Team, I visited them at home to help Jane manage her symptoms and to provide pain relief, to help her feel as comfortable as possible.

“Jane died recently, an incredibly sad time for her family and friends, but I feel so proud that I was able to help make those final weeks and months a little easier and that our team can continue to support Susan in her grief. I hope you feel proud too, because the vast majority of the care we provide at St Gemma’s simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of amazing people like you.

“Susan’s letter is a wonderful reminder that your donations don’t just provide expert clinical care for patients; they also provide comfort and reassurance, and help families to create treasured memories together.”

Jane holding a birthday cake

Please help patients and families create precious memories this Christmas by donating today.

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Right now we are doing everything we can to support families like Susan and Jane but we could never have predicted the changes which have taken place over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst we are not currently at risk of closure, the financial impact of the pandemic is likely to continue to be felt for many months ahead. Despite this, the need for our services hasn’t stopped – in fact referrals for care in the Hospice and in the local community has continued to increase over the past few months.

With your support, together we can continue to make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families at this important time of year and in the months ahead.

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