St Helena Hospice Limited

St Helena Hospice vehicle campaign

To buy a new wheelchair accessible vehicle that will transport patients to their therapy group sessions and appointments at The Hospice. Without the vehicle, patients are unable to attend or have the worry of arranging alternative transportation, leaving them feeling isolated and distressed.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (280919)

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,050

Donations

109

Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund

  • “If I’ve had a bad week I think to myself, if I can just get to my group it’ll give me a boost. I meet new people there with problems too. I love it. I don’t know what I would have done without it but because of my mobility scooter I couldn't get there if I wasn't picked up and driven in."

    — Day Therapies group member

  • I feel totally me, the real me when I go to my group. Someone at the group said to me once ‘it’s still me but I’m a different me’. And I always think that; I’m still me, but now every day I think of me differently. I’m getting to like the me now.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • I feel totally me, the real me when I go to my group. Someone at the group said to me once ‘it’s still me but I’m a different me’. And I always think that; I’m still me, but now every day I think of me differently. I’m getting to like the me now.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • Going to the groups makes me feel happy, relieved, safe. It starts before you get through the door when the volunteer driver comes to pick you up and he’s laughing and happy and joking.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • His group has a ripple effect with the rest of the family; it doesn’t do one person good, it does many people good. That’s not bad in money terms, half a dozen for the price of one. And you’re keeping him out of hospital.

    — Family member

  • Going to the groups makes me feel happy, relieved, safe. It starts before you get through the door when the volunteer driver comes to pick you up and he’s laughing and happy and joking.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • I didn't expect to find the help and support when I came to this group. I find out more about my COPD and how to breathe and do exercises, to help me understand my condition. I loved the group and meeting people

    — Day Therapies group member

  • He’d be picked up by a volunteer and go in to meet the other chaps, have a bit of a chat, get out the house. It’s the sort of thing I never would have thought dad would ever be up for doing. It allowed him to be away from home and to talk about his feelings, which dad didn’t do with us

    — Family member

  • The group is holding me together. I don’t know how they completely understand how I’m feeling, but they do. They treat me as though I’m the only person wanting help and support. They understand from inside out and would do anything to help.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • The care is perfect. The staff look after the patients very well and I am looking forward to another session in the future. Thank you for looking after me

    — Day Therapies group member

  • Coming to the group is two hours out of the whole week I can solidly look forward to. I know it’s going to be there. If I don’t feel like coming because I’m tired, I don’t have to. Everyone drags themselves here every week regardless of how they are feeling, because they enjoy it and they can focus.

    — Day Therapies group member

  • Everything about my care was wonderful, the staff are always very helpful and give continuous support. I have to say that without the support I would be totally lost.

    — Day Therapies group member

Situation

Without the specially adapted vehicle, patients would not be unable to attend their therapy sessions or appointments at The Hospice. There are huge benefits to patients attending appointments and therapy groups, providing them not only with medical care and advice, but also peer support. This is also often the only time their carers will get a break. By providing them with transport, we are giving patients and families one less thing to worry about during a difficult time.

Solution

We plan on raising enough money to buy a vehicle that will be specially modified to allow for all wheelchair access.