The Co-op chose Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, a Pembrokeshire-based charity, during 2020 to benefit from the Local Community Fund, a member supported donation programme.  During October 2020 and October 2021 Co-op members were invited to support the local charity, who deliver end of life care and support to families in the county, and the project.  This year £1950.20 was raised by Co-op members for a new collaborative project being delivered by the Paul Sartori Complementary Therapy and Adult Anticipatory Bereavement and Counselling Services.

The new ‘Stepping Stone to Hope’ project supported by the two holistic services, will be available for adults that are pre-bereaved, have recently lost a loved one, or maybe caring for a close relative.  The project will provide tailored guidance to help individuals who are experiencing emotional or physical pain – to assist particularly with sleep, calm and relaxation.

Heather Green, Complementary Therapist at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home said, “On behalf of the Paul Sartori Complementary Therapy and Counselling Service, I would like to thank the Co-op and their customers throughout Pembrokeshire for supporting us.  It is wonderful that the Co-op recognises the importance of health and well-being in our local community and through this project we aim to support our clients through the most difficult of times. Thank you.”

The project is centred around promoting and utilising self-help techniques, including the practice of simple self-massage, utilising natural remedies and to aid difficulties in sleeping and day-to-day stresses and strains.  Unique cream blends will be combined to meet the individual’s needs; roll-on lavender blends will be issued to promote sleep and techniques on breathing and meditation will also be provided to clients.  To access this support, please contact the Complementary Therapy Health and Well-being Advice Line on 07917 074300.

The charity, who have been previously supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund, were overwhelmed this year with the generosity of Co-op members.  This year the amount raised exceeded figures raised in previous years.  At a time when fundraising is competitive, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home is grateful to Co-op members and is looking forward to making a difference.

“Once again, we were lucky enough to have been selected to receive support from the Co-op Local Community Fund.  Co-op members did not disappoint us.  They chose us as their local cause to help us raise funds for this new project.  We have simply been overwhelmed with their support this year. Thank you,” explained Judith Williams, Grants Coordinator.

“The Neyland Coop were delighted to have Paul Satori Hospice at Home chosen as one of their good causes for 2020/1, as this organisation not only provides services support those living with dementia but also provides nursing care with regards to life limiting illnesses – community values that it’s members care about,” said Perry Smith, Coop Community Pioneer for Neyland and Pembroke.