P&G donate over £42k to the Community Team

A cheque for £42,680 has been presented to the Hospices by Procter & Gamble (P&G) based in Brooklands. Throughout the year, the P&G Community Matter team have worked hard to fundraise for us through raffles and other staff events. An additional £1000 was also added to the total following a successful grant awarded to the hospice after P&G employees spent the day volunteering at the retail warehouse as part of P&G’s newly launched #pgcommunityconnect programme .

The money will be used to help fund the Community Nursing programme that operates from Sam Beare, helping people to stay in the comforts of their homes when they need it the most. The programme is one of the most expansive services offered by the hospices, as 70% of all care given takes place in homes across North West Surrey. Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Doctors visit patients to assess their symptoms and deliver an appropriate programme of treatment and care that is personalised to cater for each patient’s unique needs, in coordination with hospice colleagues and other health providers such as GPs and District Nurses.

Sophia Mir, Community Matters Team at P&G Brooklands said: “We are delighted to help Woking & Sam Beare Hospices as part of our local fundraising efforts here at Brooklands.  Woking & Sam Beare Hospices do incredible work to help families in Surrey. Everyone on site has worked really hard to raise as much as possible for this important cause. “

The hospice nurses are thrilled by the donation, explaining that “we are overwhelmed by the generous donation from P&G, which will help us take our care to many more patients in their own homes. A large proportion of the CNS Team’s time is spent ensuring a patient can stay in familiar surroundings and live life to the fullest for as long as possible. With our help, past patients have been able to see the birth of a grandchild, attend one last happy family event or simply enjoy their own house and home comforts for longer, with the people and pets they love.” Shelagh Musoke, Clinical Nurse Specialist Lead, Sam Beare

Thanks to the work of the community teams, patients are able to be cared for in the comfort of their own home, by their loved ones, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Family members benefit from a robust support network that allows them to come to terms with what can be a distressing and difficult time. Shelley’s father was cared for in his home and she remembers the great talent and commitment of everyone who visited her and her family during that time:

“We felt totally confident that whatever problems we encountered they would be able to help. We had an assessment of the bungalow […] and the Occupational Therapist arranged for us to have, on loan, a recliner chair and a hospital bed at home. […] When my father was cared for by Sam Beare Nurses I could now become his daughter again and not be his carer.” Shelley Hance, relative of a patient.

To find out more about P&G or the #pgcommunityconnect programme click here.