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The Mark makes another donation, £6000 to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

The Mark Province of Surrey recently made a donation of £6,000 was recently made to Woking & Sam Beare HospicesWe were sent this message from Phil Wormley:

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the hospice but in terms of the demands on our service and our ability to generate funds. Due to the prolonged lockdowns we experienced we did have to stop the delivery of our own hospice led events and we closed our retail shops which had a massive impact on our ability to generate voluntary funding. Therefore donations such as this gift of £6,000 from the Mark Benevolent Fund is very timely and much needed. We are hugely grateful to the fund and all involved for choosing to support our hospice at this time.

The Mark makes another donation, £6000 to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

Our Community Nursing service represents over 70% of the care we deliver to patients and we have seen a 6% increase in the total number of patients we have cared for through our Community Nursing service during the pandemic compared to the previous year. The increase has partly been because we are one of the few agencies that have still been able to visit patients at home. Many patients have experienced a year of only having phone based contact with their GPs and so our nurses are often the first clinical person to see patients in person and as a consequence visits are longer.

The Nurses help patients to make informed decisions about their care and enable them to have the best quality of life possible until end of life. They are an invaluable source of specialist advice for family and carers, helping them receive the support they need to cope with their loved one's illness and their own bereavement. The Community Nursing service enables people to receive care, treatments and therapies directly, wherever they live, relieving pain, symptoms and the side-effects of illness.

As many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic our Nurses also help by providing advice on funding they may be eligible for to ease a financial burden or to access household items to make life more manageable.

We are also finding that the people we are seeing are more complex in terms of their condition and are further down the trajectory of their end of life terminal diagnosis. As a consequence we are having to do a lot more for our patients now and we are having to be far more adaptable and flexible. This change in the way our Community Nurses are working is captured in this quote by Shelagh Musoke, Community Team Leader:

"I'm really proud of how flexible everyone has been in the Community (Nursing Team), that they've stepped up and really looked at what it is people need and they have gone over and above in doing that for the patient and their families.

"The CNS was the singular unit that brought everything together, making sure our wellbeing and mental health, my husband's pain levels and emotional needs were taken care of. There was the occasional time I would call her up and ask for help and she was always there for me."

Phil Wormley, Fundraising Director, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices