Photo (Paul Sartori Training Room 2017_-1) – Shows Training and Education Room at Paul Sartori House funded by the Wolfson Foundation
Paul Sartori, Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home Service, recently benefitted from a grant of £90,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, a charity which supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts.
The grant awarded to Paul Sartori, as part of their programme supporting excellence in the field of health, funded new building works, refurbishments and equipment relating to the head office relocation. The relocation was needed following a significant increase in all services and a need for space to support the Paul Sartori Foundation’s growth and to secure the charity’s future. Paul Sartori was recognised as a beneficiary due to their delivery of excellent care and support, with the funding focusing on enhancing care, providing better opportunities and improving quality of life to people suffering with a life limiting illness.
The award covered improvements to Bereavement Counselling Support where at least two dedicated rooms are now available to meet with clients who require support; a professionally equipped dedicated complementary therapy room is now also available for patients who would benefit from a relaxing treatment away from home; and additionally, the Equipment Loan and Distribution Store has benefitted from a fit-out making it a more efficient and improved service.
Paul Sartori’s aim is “To provide sustainable services that promote good end of life care in Pembrokeshire”. As part of this aim, it empowers others, in this sector, to work towards better end life care in all settings. Consequently its Training and Education programme also saw investment through this grant and now proudly has its own training and education facility to continue this development. Training is held regularly for staff and a programme of rolling events are also delivered to external organisations. ‘End life decision making’, is a popular event, which has been delivered to care homes and domiciliary staff. This room is also available for external hire and features top of the range IT equipment making it an option for hire to local businesses for a meeting or training space.
The Wolfson Foundation has awarded over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) in grants since their establishment in 1955, supporting more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK. Through the key theme of supporting Palliative Care and Hospices, the Wolfson Foundation has been able to fund the Paul Sartori Foundation.
Judith Williams, Funding and Projects Coordinator at Paul Sartori was keen to state “The Wolfson Foundation has helped us at a crucial stage in our development. We were delighted to have been awarded this grant and our service users will benefit from these improvements for years to come. A true legacy for our service users, volunteers, staff and our charity to enable it to grow.”
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of The Wolfson Foundation said, “The hospice care provided by the Paul Sartori Foundation is much needed and much loved. We are incredibly pleased to hear that our grant has been used to help those receiving end of life care and also to support their loved ones. We hope that the new space for training will also help continually to improve the care offered, and nurture a new generation of hospice staff to carry on this vital work.”
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service continue to provide a range of free 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 new website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.
The Wolfson Foundation is particularly keen to attract applications from across Wales.
Judith Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, tel: 01437 763223 (2nd January 2018)
Notes to Editors:
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service (paulsartori.org):
- 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 during 2017/2018
- The Wolfson Foundation (www.wolfson.org.uk) supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities.
- Over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.