Tucked away in the centre of Poole, Forest Holme Hospice provides individually tailored and quality care to adults across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck facing a life-limiting illness.
Forest Holme is part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is supported by Forest Holme Hospice Charity. There is no charge for people in need of hospice care, so every year the charity needs to raise at least £850,000 to help enhance the NHS provision at the hospice and ensure that Forest Holme is there for patients and their family and friends during the most difficult time of their lives.
Fiona Dixon, whose husband Shaun was cared for at the hospice, said, “I’m so thankful to Forest Holme for making the worst time of my life that little bit warmer. Most importantly, I’m thankful that Shaun’s last few days were as comfortable and as peaceful as they could be.”
Forest Holme provides end of life care and support to more than 1,000 people each year with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, heart disease and respiratory illness.
The hospice has a team of specialist doctors, nurses, counsellors and specialist care teams who provide practical and emotional support for adults of all ages and their families in a variety of settings, such as their own home, nursing home, care home, in hospital or in the hospice itself.
Forest Holme also offer counselling and bereavement support to both newly diagnosed individuals and family members, as it understands that care extends beyond physical treatment of symptoms, as the emotional, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients, their families, children and carers all need to be considered.
However, to ensure that these essential services are there for others in the future, Forest Holme Hospice Charity needs continued local community support to raise an additional 1.7 million pounds over the next two years. Additional funding is required to support all aspects of the hospice including the in-patient ward, the purchasing of specialist equipment, the funding of additional staffing posts, complementary therapies, and the bereavement counselling service.
To speak to the team about getting involved with supporting your local hospice, contact Paul Tucker
Telephone: 01202 670644
By post or in person: Fundraising Office, Forest Holme Hospice Charity, 5 Seldown Road, Poole BH15 1TS (Charity No: 1038021)
Visit website www.forestholmehospice.org.uk and www.facebook.com/forestholme