On Sunday 11th December staff, volunteers, supporters and patients took part in an emotional farewell celebration at Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge. It marked nearly four decades of delivering excellent palliative and end of life care throughout the community.
The event started with a reflective service at St James Church, which was followed by a walk to Christ the Prince of Peace Church for a blessing. Afterwards there was tea and cake served at Sam Bear Hospice, where the walls had been decorated with newspaper clippings and photos from the 39 years that the hospice has been providing care locally.
At 4 pm 39 of the hospice’s past and present staff members, all of whom have played a pivotal role at Sam Beare, each released a balloon to mark the hospice’s 39 years of service.
Jayne Cooper, Interim CEO and Director of Nursing, explained, “As a charity that puts its patients and their families at the heart of everything we do, we made the decision to merge Woking and Sam Beare Hospices to develop a brand new state-of-the-art facility. As the beds from the Weybridge hospice have now been relocated, it is important that we take this opportunity to recognise the almost four decades Sam Beare has been delivering excellent patient care.
As a hospice care provider that covers a large area of Surrey, 70% of what we deliver is out in the community and our specialist Sam Beare Community Team will still continue to support and care for over 280 patients and their families at any one time throughout Weybridge and the surrounding areas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful team of dedicated staff and volunteers for all of the fabulous work they do, and are continuing to do; without you the work we do would not be possible.”
Read more about our new hospice and new build appeal to deliver the best quality of care and support here.
Download and read the full Sam Beare Hospice story: Sam Beare Hospices: a memory by Samantha Oakley.