How donations make a difference
Thanks to grants from major donors and trusts we have been able to sustain funding for up to six nurses, along with a number of important projects that form part of a wider package of practical and emotional support for families running alongside our core respite care.
For example, philanthropic giving has enabled our Family Support Team to provide more than 8,000 hours of creative play, complementary therapy and social events to help break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for parents, children and even grandparents.
These are just some of the ways in which major donors, trusts and foundations can help families:
- Supporting and protecting our nurses and carers in the community, enabling them to continue offering vital respite to families at home, even in the face of a pandemic.
- Creative play and complementary therapy provided by our Family Support Service - designing tailored play bags and events for every family we support
- Hospice care - funding for clinical equipment and renovations at our hospices
- Nurse and Carer salaries - enabling them to continue to provide vital respite to families at home throughout Dorset and Wiltshire during the pandemic and beyond
- Sibling support - providing a dedicated resource for children to help them cope with the anxieties and complications that can arise from having a seriously ill brother or sister, which has been especially tough when a family has been shielding to protect a vulnerable child during the crisis
- Our care logistics hub ensuring every family receives the care they need at the right place and time, supporting behind the scenes
- End of life support - providing wrap-around care and support for families at home and at our hospices
- Bereavement support - ensuring our care team are there for our families to offer support for up to five years
- Mental health and well-being - supporting our wider Family Support Service to provide tailored play, complementary therapy and activities which benefit all the family, from child to sibling, parent to grandparent
- Keeping us caring - training packages for our nurses, carers and volunteers, keeping skills and practices up to date