Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, is opening up the doors of your hospice in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking. We would like to invite our communities across North West Surrey in to see what a vibrant and warm place the hospice is as part of national umbrella charity Hospice UK’s annual campaign – Open up Hospice – which launches today [Monday 04 March].
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, explains: “There are a lot of misconceptions about what a hospice is. Many people do not know that we are a charity and that it costs in excess of £8 million a year for us to continue to deliver our vital services free of charge to over 2,000 patients and their carers and family each year. As a charity we are hugely reliant on income from our fundraising activities and sale of goods in our shops.
“We are therefore very passionate about joining with our sister charities in support of Hospice UK’s annual campaign [Open up Hospice], which this year focuses on hospice at home. Some may be surprised to know that over 70% of our care is delivered in patient homes in the communities of Spelthorne, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, West Elmbridge, Woking and North Guildford.”
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is a central part of the North West Surrey community and as part of our support of Hospice UK’s campaign we will be hosting a series of consecutive open Saturdays from the 16 March to the 13 April from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Jayne adds: “We invite anyone who would like to drop in on one of the Saturday open days to find out more about us and to meet some of our staff and volunteers. There will also be opportunity to find out how you can support your hospice to ensure that we can continue to be here for our community in the future.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our generous supporters and our fabulous volunteers. You really do make a difference and we could not do what we do without your ongoing support – thank you.”
As part of the open Saturdays it will be possible for visitors to be taken on short tours of the hospice on the hour/every hour, accommodating a maximum of 10 people per tour on a first come bases. The first tour will start at 10am and the last tour will take place at 2pm. Visitors will be shown the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, a bedroom and family room on the In-Patient Ward and the Education Centre.
Members of staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and there will also be refreshments in the Hospice Café, gifts to purchase in our pop-up shop, as well as Easter treats for children. To find out more please click here.