1st April 2020

Charitable Hospices are working to support the NHS

Woking & Sam Beare Hospice, like many of our sister charitable hospices, is working alongside our colleagues in the NHS and other care and social care providers to support the Healthcare System during the Coronavirus [COVID-19] Pandemic.

Susan Cross, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s Director of Clinical Services, comments: “Our focus over the last weeks has been to shore up our staffing levels so that we are able to continue to care for a cohort of extremely vulnerable patients both on our in-patient unit and out in the community.

As an important part of the North West Surrey Healthcare System, we are working hard to keep our critical clinical services operating and preparing to support our Trust by increasing our bed capacity. It has been a massive team effort across the whole organisation.”

Woking & Sam Beare Hospice is a registered charity and we are reliant on income from fundraising activities and the sale of goods in our 18 Shops. As is the case for so many charities, the current pandemic is impacting upon many of the Hospice’s voluntary income streams.

Marian Imrie, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s CEO, adds: “Following the closure of our Retail Division and the cancellation or postponement of all of our Fundraising events, the Hospice has contingency plans in place to mitigate the financial risk that the COVID-19 Pandemic present but like many organisations up and down the country [and, indeed, across the world], it is having a major impact upon us. Now more than ever we welcome and are extremely grateful for the continued generosity of our community.

“We are especially thankful to our incredible staff who are still coming to work to care for some of the most vulnerable patients. The Hospice is an important part of the healthcare economy and we will continue to do all we can to support the NHS and other care and social care providers.”

If you would like to do something to help your local charitable hospice as it works to support the provision of care across North West Surrey, then Woking & Sam Beare Hospice would be grateful for any level of support.

Marian concludes: “Whether you are able to give the cost of a day’s travel while you are staying at home [which is being termed ‘Give what you save’] or perhaps you could take on a virtual online quiz with your friends and donate the proceeds to the Hospice, every penny really does help. There are already some very creative and innovate fundraising activities happening and we have been very humbled by the support we have already received.”

If you would like to make a donation to Woking & Sam Beare Hospice please click here.