The team like to do their bit for supporting local charities, so where better than by attending the St Wilfrid’s Annual Luncheon held at the Eastbourne Sports Park on Friday 24th May. This is not the first time Peter Lisa and Daniel have joined this event which is now one of the key occasions of the year and this time we invited along a couple of guests.
As always, we enjoyed drinks and canipes on arrival followed by a splendid lunch washed down with fine wine and prosecco, all of which helps raise funds for this worthy cause. An auction follows the meal and always manages to raise a staggering amount of money for St Wilfrid’s – usually around £85,000-£90,000!
For those of you who do not know to much about this charity their mission is to “transform end of life care for the people of Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield and surrounding areas. A population of 235,000 people covering an area of around 300 square miles. Their expert teams work to help people to live well until the end of their lives and to support family and friends. Providing care at their 20-bed inpatient unit, through their Wellbeing service and, increasingly, to families in their own homes”.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice was opened in 1982 in Mill Gap Road in Eastbourne when outpatients visited once a week for tea. In 1983 the hospice accepted its first inpatients and in 2013 it moved to the purpose-built building on Broadwater Way, equipped with a 20-bed Inpatient Unit and Wellbeing Centre. They continue to provide specialist care for people with any progressive, advanced life-limiting illness.
Referrals are made by the patient’s GP or other healthcare professionals and care is delivered by a team that includes consultants in palliative medicine, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and social workers.
Their aim over the next five years is to continue to reach out and transform end of life care for more people in the catchment area through their Closer to You Campaign.
They need support to do this and rely on the generous support of the local community to help provide this free care to the patients and their families.
St Wilfrid’s want to see a community where people talk openly about dying, live well until the end of their life and where nobody dies alone, afraid or in pain.
If you wish to support this local charity please either visit their Facebook page or website www.stwhospice.org