Photo: shows Lucy French and Leanne Ryder Equipment Assistants loading the current Equipment Van
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home launched an appeal in November last year appealing for donations towards a replacement Equipment Van to support its end of life care services delivered in Pembrokeshire. This van supports people with a life limiting illness delivering vital items such as; profile beds, riser recliner chairs and other aids, often urgently, to prevent admission to hospital or accelerate discharge.
Paul Sartori is delighted to announce that it received considerable support on this campaign where people were asked to donate amounts towards the replacement Equipment Van. The charity received a generous donation of £10,000 from the West Wales Freemasons Charitable Foundation which kick-started the campaign and following that they have received over £1000 from the COOP Community Fund; £1000 from The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, £250 from Pembroke Power Station, £5000 from the Gannett Foundation and the remainder was collected from selling raffle tickets and a crowdfunding campaign.
“The replacement of this van was vital as it delivers not only essential equipment to people with life limiting illnesses in Pembrokeshire, but the Equipment Nursing Assistants who deliver items can also transfer patients and give instructions on the use of items provided”, said Pat Coombs Clinical Coordinator and Equipment Facilitator, “This new Van is key to improving the service and ensuring we are as efficient as possible,” added Pat. Paul Sartori Hospice at Home is passionate about delivering services which make a real difference to end of life care.
“The public, various trusts and grant giving bodies have given generously during this campaign and we are delighted that we are now able to purchase the van to continue this vital service,” explained Judith Williams, Project and Funding Coordinator at the Paul Sartori Foundation. “We are likely to receive delivery sometime in August, so watch this space!” added Judith.
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; providing a range of services including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.
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, email@example.com Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, tel: 01437 763223 (19th April 2018)
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