Photo – Pictured (left to right), Amanda Davies presenting a cheque to Judith Williams Funding & Projects Coordinator at Paul Sartori
Amanda Davies from Neyland who recently benefitted from Paul Sartori services, during a cancer diagnosis, decided that she wanted to give something back and raise funds for charity – so she set out making bauble Christmas wreaths.
Having got the idea from a friend, Amanda focused on raising funds for Paul Sartori and Macmillan who each supported her through her illness. She scoured the Paul Sartori charity shops for baubles, with one order alone for 9, her wreath making skills were put to the test and were all bespoke and fulfilled specific colour requests.
Amanda was thankful to Paul Sartori, adding “The counselling team and palliative care support, especially Elvire (Beijdorff) and Lynn (Hunter) have helped my fiancé and I get through it. I felt I couldn’t talk to family and talking to Elvire was helpful as she completely understood.”
Amanda has had a difficult journey with cancer and an underling heart condition has caused issues for her, but she has remained positive and is planning an adventurous new year with many trips in her newly purchased camper van.
Presenting a cheque of £65 to Judith Williams, Funding & Projects Coordinator at Paul Sartori; Lynn Hunter, Registered Nurse at Paul Sartori commented “Amanda is a real inspiration to those suffering with life limiting illness. She is very brave and focused. We are grateful for this donation which will contribute and allow us to continue to provide our vital services in the community. Only last year, we saw a rise of 25% increase in the number of people we provided services to, so this donation will allow us to reach more people suffering with a life limiting illness.”
The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service provides a range of services to people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.
The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service enable people in the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.
Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.
Judith Williams, Judith@paulsartori.org Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, tel: 01437 763223 19th December 2017
Notes to Editors:
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service:
- is particularly keen to dispel the belief that it is a ‘cancer charity’ as this deters people with other life-limiting conditions from contacting the Paul Sartori Foundation (approximately 35% have a non-cancer diagnosis)
- operates an open referral system with over 15% of referrals from patients, family and friends. The biggest referral group is District Nurses, followed by Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists and hospital staff
- was established in memory of Father Paul Sartori, a much loved local priest, who recognised a need for hospice care, but unfortunately died of cancer at the age of 39. The Foundation was set up in his memory and provides care to people with any or no faith, and not just Catholics
- charity was registered in 1982 and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2017